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Biden Administration’s COVID-19 response comes under scrutiny in Senate panel hearing

The Biden administration has been criticized for its pandemic response and communication as the omicron variant continues to cause US Covid-19 cases.

Republican Senator Richard Burr, a senior member of the Senate Committees on Health, Education, Work and Pensions, said during a hearing on Tuesday.

Burr said during the hearing the administration’s increased rollout and recent update to quarantine and isolation guidelines were a “mess” and a “disaster.” “I am not questioning the science,” he says, “but I am questioning your communication strategies. No wonder the American people are confused.”
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The United States and countries worldwide have been affected by the increase since the arrival of omicrons in South Africa late last year. The rapidly spreading mutation was classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization in November and has swept across the US since it was discovered in California on December 1.

Read more: What We Know About Omicron Symptoms So Far

Omicron accounting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky said 98% of all Covid cases sequenced in the United States in the week ending January 8, up from 95% in the week before, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday in remarks prepared for the hearing. She told Senate lawmakers that the increase risks adding strain to health care systems as flu season intensifies.

Although data suggest that omicron infections are less severe than those from other variants such as delta, the transmissibility and high number of infections with the new variant still threaten hospitals, clinics and doctor’s office with increased stress, Walensky said. Other seasonal infections along with omicrons can cause an even more serious condition, she says.

“These stresses are likely to add to the ongoing delta-variant infections and the disease burden caused by other respiratory pathogens, such as influenza, which has already begun to accumulate,” she said. operate with greater frequency”.

Health officials have been working to track the spread of the variant, which could partially avoid the effects of Covid shots. Studies have shown that booster shots restore the protection provided by primary vaccination regimens.

Anthony Fauci, medical adviser to President Joe Biden and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock and Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell is also giving testimony.

https://time.com/6138544/biden-covid-19-response-senate/ Biden Administration’s COVID-19 response comes under scrutiny in Senate panel hearing

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