President Biden has a new COVID plan to fight ommicron. Read the details – Community News

President Biden has a new COVID plan to fight ommicron. Read the details

President Joe Biden will unveil a new plan to tackle the novel coronavirus β€” specifically the delta and omicron variants β€” ahead of the winter months, Reuters reports.

  • The new plan includes new travel requirements for international travelers, including requiring passengers to test negative for COVID-19 within one day of their trip to the US, according to ABC News.
  • The US government will require private health insurers to reimburse companies 100% for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests at home.
  • More COVID-19 testing will also be made available through clinics and health centers.
  • Biden will also call on employers to give their employees paid time off when they get their booster shot, according to The New York Times.

The new plan to fight COVID-19 moves ahead of a possible winter wave and as the new ommicron variant begins to spread around the world.

  • β€œThe bottom line is that we are really pulling out all the stops to give Americans the maximum protection as we enter the winter months and as we face this new (omicron) variant,” Natalie Quillian, the deputy COVID-19 response coordinator for the White House, NPR told.

Biden is not making any major announcements with this move. Instead, he will continue to focus on getting booster shots into the arms of all adults and seniors and setting up more vaccine clinics, NPR said.