Fox News Senior White House Correspondent Peter Doocy pressed President Joe Biden on Friday about his plans for handling the coronavirus, noticing a change of course from earlier in the pandemic.
“[O]n COVID policy, it seems like the administration is starting to soften some of the language. There’s this new op-ed where you talk about COVID and ‘We’re going to beat it back.’ Are you no longer going to ‘shut it down’?” Doocy asked Biden after he spoke to the press about the November jobs report.
“No, we got to beat it back before we shut it down,” Biden said. “Look, it’s going to take time worldwide. In order to beat COVID, we have to shut it down worldwide. In the United States of America, we’re doing everything that needs to be done to take care of the American people within our borders.”
He then said the U.S. couldn’t “build a wall” around itself to keep each new variant out. He did put travel bans into place to deter the new omicron variant, even though it is said to be much milder than previous strains.
He also pleaded with people not to panic over omicron and said he would fight it, and that getting vaccinated including booster shots was the best defense against infection.
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