Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Biden: We’ll purchase 500M extra exams and get them to you … someday

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This stretches the horses/barn-door axiom to an absurd diploma, no? Joe Biden started imposing vaccination-or-testing mandates late final summer season, nearly six months in the past. The autumn Delta-cum-Omicron wave started round Thanksgiving. And only now will Joe Biden act to get sufficient exams to handle each mandates and a wave that may well be over by the point the primary tranche arrives:

President Biden on Thursday mentioned he was directing his workers to buy a further 500 million coronavirus exams for distribution to People, doubling the federal government’s earlier buy as his administration scrambles to answer the extremely contagious Omicron variant.

The announcement, which got here when Mr. Biden delivered remarks on the pandemic, brings to 1 billion the overall variety of exams to be given away freed from cost.

“That may imply a billion exams in whole to satisfy future demand,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “And we’ll proceed to work with the retailers and on-line retailers to extend availability.”

However it’s unclear when the exams might be out there. Mr. Biden introduced the primary batch of 500 million exams simply earlier than Christmas, and the primary batch from that announcement won’t begin being delivered till later this month, based on White Home officers. Particulars about how People can request these exams, together with a government-run check web site, are slated to be unveiled on Friday.

That’s not the one factor unclear on this announcement. Biden sounded drained and distracted by most of it, and stored having bother following the teleprompter:

His efficiency isn’t precisely a confidence-builder, and neither is the timing and ambiguity. The time to goose check manufacturing was both earlier than or on the similar time the White Home began promulgating the office mandates that contain testing choices, not six months later. Biden and his crew had all yr to deal with check manufacturing, a difficulty that his marketing campaign highlighted as a Donald Trump failure through the second half of 2020, and but did so little that Jen Psaki openly scoffed in early December on the proposal that Biden now made official right now. Discuss circling again …

The identical downside attains to Biden’s new push for effective masks, lengthy after his administration pushed for extra masking in public locations and work environments:

President Joe Biden introduced Thursday that the federal government will double to 1 billion the speedy, at-home COVID-19 exams to be distributed free to People, together with probably the most protecting N95 masks, as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” assets to assist the nation climate the spike in coronavirus instances. …

Biden additionally introduced that for the primary time his administration was planning to make “high-quality” N95 masks, that are simplest at stopping transmission of the virus, out there without cost. He mentioned his administration would announce particulars subsequent week.

The federal authorities has a stockpile of greater than 750 million N95 masks, the White Home mentioned this week. And although analysis has proven these masks to be higher safety, they’re typically extra uncomfortable, and well being officers aren’t altering their steerage to suggest in opposition to less-protective material masks.

Ahem. How lengthy have we identified that material masks offer only minimal mitigation for viruses in general and are all however ineffective in opposition to COVID-19 and its variants? We must always have discovered that lesson by mid-2020. How lengthy have we been conscious that N95 manufacturing could be essential for pandemic response? Since March 2020, not less than. What has the Biden administration achieved on that entrance for the previous yr? Diddly-squat till now, when it has develop into clear that American voters are abandoning Biden and Democrats in droves over their incompetence.

Now they wish to distribute exams and masks within the subsequent a number of weeks, at about the identical time that the Omicron wave will doubtless have petered out totally. These may turn out to be useful for a subsequent wave and variant, assuming that (a) one arises that punctures Omicron’s immune-response impression and vaccinations, and (b) the exams truly work on the following variant. This response isn’t a day late and a greenback quick — it’s a yr late and a trillion or so {dollars} quick from Biden’s March 2021 inflationary COVID-19 invoice.

In different phrases, that is totally reactive, and exposes — once more — the entire incapacity of Biden and his crew to assume strategically on any problem, even when the methods are this apparent. All this does now’s spotlight how badly Biden has failed, and the way out of contact he has been all alongside.

Source: HotAir

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