In the worst days of what President Joe Biden called last year’s “dark winter,” the United States faced more than 4,000 daily deaths from COVID-19. Hospitals were crowded beyond capacity, holiday gatherings became superspreader events, and the country became the worst hot-spot for the pandemic in the world.
This year, Biden declared on Thursday afternoon, must be different.
“The actions I’m announcing are ones that all Americans can rally behind,” Biden said during remarks at the National Institutes of Health, detailing a plan intended to prevent another catastrophic winter surge of the coronavirus, even in the face of a disturbing new variant. “That’s how we keep our country and our businesses and our schools open.”