Some 0f us have been saying this in public for quite awhile….
There WILL be ALWAYS be another virus…
There hundreds of thousands of them known to man…
The experts want the President to lead the way to reset the public to accept that they will have to learn to live with virus’s as we always have, but where unaware of….
The experts want to make the new normal more routine testing and more mandates for vaccinations…
Of course these two things are the basis for political division across the country ….
The idea of semi-annual mass vaccination’s will probably go over like a lead ballon for the Biden admin and probably would assure someone coming into office that would be against that….
(Only a little more than. 60% of Americans are fully vaccinated)
Even Blue state governor’s have having trouble with this in the height of the Omicron spike….
The authors say the administration needs to acknowledge that Omicron may not mark the end of the pandemic — and to plan for a future that they concede is unknowable. They also make clear that the current rate of Covid hospitalizations and deaths is unacceptably high.
The White House had no immediate response. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Mr. Biden’s top medical adviser for the pandemic, declined to comment in an interview Tuesday night.
In the three articles — one proposing a new national plan, the others suggesting improvements to testing, surveillance, vaccines and therapeutics — the authors also make more specific suggestions.
They call for every person in the United States to have access to low-cost testing, saying the Biden administration’s purchase of 500 million rapid tests is not enough; for next-generation Covid vaccines that would target new variants or perhaps take new forms, like nasal sprays or skin patches; for a “universal coronavirus vaccine” that would combat all known coronaviruses, and for major upgrades to public health infrastructure.
The authors also said that vaccine mandates should be imposed more broadly, including for schoolchildren, and that N95 masks should be made free and readily available to all Americans, as should oral treatments for Covid. (Mr. Biden has ordered several vaccine mandates on workers, but they are tied up in court.) The authors called, as well, for a broad “electronic vaccine certification platform,” which Mr. Biden has resisted.
In interviews, the authors said they had made their views known to Biden officials, but had sometimes felt unheard. The articles reflect both their frustrations and their desire to help, they said. They also recognize that they have the luxury of taking a 30,000-foot view while administration experts are slogging it out in the trenches…..