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State of the Union: “COVID-19 should no longer control our lives,” says Biden

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the president of United States, Joe Bidensaid Tuesday that “COVID-19 should no longer control our lives,” when wearing a mask is now optional in “most” parts of the country.

“We have reached a new moment in the fight against covid-19, with serious cases on the decline, at a level not seen since last July,” Biden said in his first State of the Union address to both houses of Congress. USA

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Biden indicated that, thanks to the progress the country has made in the last year, COVID-19 no longer controls the lives of Americans.

“I know that some are talking about living with COVID-19. Tonight I say that we will never accept living with COVID-19, we will continue to fight the virus, as we do with other diseases, ”she pointed out.

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In this sense, he advanced that if the virus mutates and spreads, the Government will remain vigilant; and he announced several “common sense steps” to move forward.

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These measures include vaccination and treatments against COVID-19, as well as tests to detect the disease.

Biden announced an initiative called “Test to Treat” so that people can get tested for the virus at pharmacies and if they test positive, receive the antiviral pills in the same place at no cost.

In addition, he pointed out that if necessary, his Government will “deploy” new doses of vaccines against COVID-19 in a hundred days, instead of months or years.

“I can’t promise that there won’t be a new variant,” he added, “but I can promise you that we will do everything within our power to be prepared if necessary.”

On the way to normality, Biden considered that schools should be open because “children should be in school.”

Since mid-January, new cases of COVID-19 have plummeted in the US, after experiencing a rebound due to the omicron variant.

On January 13, the country registered more than 897,000 new infections compared to 91,972 on February 28, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Faced with the reduction in infections, several states have lifted restrictions, such as the use of the mask in closed public places. And even during Biden’s speech on Tuesday, wearing a mask was optional on Capitol Hill, unlike last year.

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Source: Elcomercio

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