While speaking to the American people about the new omicron COVID-19 variant on Monday morning, President Joe Biden said that there will be “no new lockdowns” if Americans get vaccinated and wear masks like he wants them to.
“If people are vaccinated and wear their mask, there’s no need for lockdown,” Biden said when asked about potential lockdowns by a reporter.
Biden then outlined three main points on the new coronavirus variant.
“First,” Biden said, “this variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.”
Biden used the vaccines as an example of the “don’t panic” point, urging everyone to get the jab.
“Second, best protection, I know you’re tired of me saying this, the best protection against this variant or any of the variants out there, ones we’ve been dealing with already, is getting fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot,” Biden added, according to CNN . “Please wear your masks when you’re indoors in public settings around other people to protect you, to protect those around you.”
When asked about masking by a reporter, Biden replied, “I encourage everyone to wear a mask when they’re indoors in a crowded circumstance like we are right now, and unless eating or speaking at a microphone.”
Biden went on to say that his administration will be announcing “a detailed strategy to outline how we’re going to fight Covid this winter.” While there won’t be any lockdowns, Biden pushed for “more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more!” Biden also said that the United States has a “moral obligation” to vaccinate the entire globe.
When it comes to Christmas, Biden said, “If you and your family are fully vaccinated, you can celebrate the holidays much more safely than where we were last year. That’s a blessing none of us should take for granted. We’re trying everything we can as far as tracking it from every single angel. That’s what we have to keep doing.”