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Saturday, November 27, 2021 | 9:43 am
Biden’s team sees the pandemic as the root cause of both national fatigue and his own political distress. The White House believes that ultimately controlling COVID-19 is the key to revitalizing the country and reviving Biden’s own position.
However, the coronavirus challenge has proven to be a nuisance to the White House, and the premature claim of last summer’s victory is the more contagious delta variant, the stubborn millions of unvaccinated. I was overwhelmed by the protracted economic impact of the Americans and the darkest days of the pandemic.
All of them have emerged abroad as yet another variant of the virus, omicron... As scientists compete to understand how dangerous it is, it worries public health authorities and leads to new travel bans and panic markets.
The economy is actually back, but there are multiple signs that COVID-19 will leave scars even if the pandemic disappears.
So far, in the government’s view, the transient minority who resists vaccination is ruining the recovery of the rest of the country — forcing a mask on vaccination and everything you see. Contributes to prolonged anxiety.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki was asked last week why Americans didn’t receive the message that the economy was improving, saying: We are the same. “
According to her, things affect everything from how people feel about sending children out to the price of a gallon of gasoline.
The government considers vaccination obligations important not only to prevent avoidable illnesses and deaths, but also to protect economic recovery and save Biden’s political position.
“We have the tools available to accelerate our escape from this pandemic,” White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zyentz said in a coronavirus briefing. He ruled out large-scale blockades like the United States that he experienced in 2020, and blockades that would reappear throughout Europe, but Zyentz governments to allow more Americans to get their shots. Updated the complaint.
But on Friday, the discovery of a new variant in southern Africa could be worse than the devastating wave from the Delta, with much of the world acting to block travel from the region. It contained a threat that suggested it was.
There have been weeks of frustration with slow government action to approve booster shots for all adults, both inside the White House and among the president’s allies. The regulatory process they fear contributes to misinformation and confusion about boosters, meaning that the country is not optimally protected for the holiday season.
Biden on Friday urged unvaccinated Americans to be shot “responsibly” and to get it for those who qualify as boosters. “That’s the bare minimum everyone has to do … I always talk about whether this is about freedom, but I think it’s a patriotic responsibility to do it.”
Still, for all the manual work around Biden’s slack position with Americans, Democrats say turnarounds may be within reach.
“From Trump to Biden, people feel like they’re at the forefront of the morning again in America, from feeling sad again in America,” said party strategist Jesse Ferguson.
“Overcoming a pandemic opens the door to the economy, our way of life, and those who feel less divided,” he added.
But for Biden critics, it’s not straightforward to blame all the country’s problems with COVID-19 or think that containing the virus will solve the problem.
In fact, Kentucky Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blames Biden’s pandemic bailout package for high prices. inflation. Runaway prices and unpredictability fueled by Democratic policy. “
The protracted effects of the virus have hit the president’s approval rating, even if his handling of the virus is considered relatively strong.
In an October AP-NORC poll, 54% of Americans said they approved Biden’s work on a pandemic. It was somewhat higher than his overall approval rate and much higher than his approval for dealing with the economy, at 48% and 41%, respectively.
Most recently in July, 66% approved Biden with COVID-19 and 59% approved his entire job performance.
In a poll last month, only about one-third of Americans said they were heading in the right direction, down from about half in late February.
Economic views have also dimmed, with only about one-third saying they are in good shape compared to nearly half of September.
For the White House, modifying the pandemic responsibilities has emerged as a modern version of the old Bill Clinton-era mantra, “It’s an economy, stupid.”
When asked what the government was doing to keep higher prices down, Saki replied: Global supply chain issues. “
“The best thing we can do as a government is to control the pandemic. That is the president’s primary focus.”
The same message spreads throughout the administration.
“As long as the pandemic continues, there will be shortages due to the pandemic, which is why it is the best solution to end the pandemic,” Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigeg recently emphasized the need for vaccination. Did.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm talked about the government’s response to rising gasoline prices and said vaccination of people was the “ultimate answer.”
Keep in mind that economists primarily support emotions, but the solution is not simple.
“Viruses are the root of economic problems,” said James Stock, an economist at Harvard University. “The best way to minimize the spread of the virus is to increase vaccination. That is the number one economic policy in my mind.”
However, experts predict that COVID-19 will be prevalent, and Mr. Stock said, “We must make it realistic that it will never go away.”
Even if the virus declines, economists warn, there will be harmful and protracted effects.
Goldman Sachs said in a recent analysis that about half of the 5 million people who left the workforce after the pandemic have retired, making it difficult for businesses to regain their lost jobs. According to a study by Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom and others, businesses expect more people to continue working from home and shop online.
According to Bloom, only 5% of Americans’ total working days were in their pre-pandemic homes, which is now 25%. More than three-quarters of his colleagues and the workers he surveyed prefer to work at home at least one day a week, and nearly one-third want to work at home for all five days. I’m out. This can make it difficult for employers to evaluate workers and use office space efficiently.
Since the administration is also working on the world economy, there are limits to solving domestic pandemic problems.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Asia closed computer chip factories and exacerbated the shortage of semiconductors. This shows that vaccination around the world can be as important as the government’s domestic efforts. One of the reasons Biden’s infrastructure spending to strengthen its supply chain is to minimize the damage caused by these shutdowns.
“If a Malaysian factory is closed due to the outbreak of COVID, it will have a spillover effect that could delay car manufacturing in Detroit,” Biden said in a recent speech. “Why? They can’t get the computer chips they need.”