Faced with the prediction of an increase in infections of COVID-19, President Joe biden yesterday launched a plan to stop the expansion of the variant Omicron, whose objective is to put booster doses of the vaccine and tougher rules for those who enter the country.
The measures include a requirement that all incoming international visitors be tested for coronavirus one day before flying. This will apply to all travelers, both US and foreign, regardless of their vaccination status.
For national walkers, Biden plans to extend the obligation to wear masks on airplanes, trains and other means of public transport until mid-March.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that testing and vaccination requirements could eventually be added to domestic flights as well. “Nothing is off the table,” he said.
The barrage of measures is intended, in part, to assure Americans that Biden is doing everything he can to prevent the pandemic from derailing America’s impressive economic recovery and the end-of-the-year holidays.
Biden and his advisers have repeatedly stressed in recent days that there will be no further mass shutdowns.
Yesterday, a new case of the Ómicron variant was detected in the state of Minnesota, in a person who had been to New York but had not recently traveled abroad, indicating that Ómicron has begun to broadcast locally.
“This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement, praising his state’s genomic sequencing and virus testing efforts. Community transmission in the United States was expected by epidemiologists.