MGOP embers have denounced the Biden administration’s warnings about the omicron variant, arguing that the White House is playing the threat of fear-mongering.
“There will always be a new variant,” said Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz noted on Fox News last week. “People should get vaccinated if they want to. We don’t need warrants and we need to stay open. Joe Biden and the Democrats must stop threatening to close schools, business closings. Enough is enough.”
Since Biden notified the country of the omicron variant on November 26, it has been detected in at least 57 different countries. Although little is known about the new variant from South Africa, it quickly spread to the United States. The first case was detected on December 1 in California. The strain has now been detected in 19 different states. The administration acted quickly last week restrict movement of eight African countries at the center of the omicron epidemic.
“Once again we find ourselves in a situation where we have a new COVID variant. Rather than make rational scientific decisions, Dr Fauci and the Biden administration jumped into the worst case scenario and began implementing restrictions with the ever looming threat of terms, ”said Rand Paul, Republican Senator of Kentucky. noted earlier this week.
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Meanwhile, former White House Physician Ronny Jackson, who now represents Texas’ 13th Congressional District as a Republican, described the omicron variant as a ploy to allow Democrats to retain their weak majorities in the House and in the Senate during the 2022 midterm elections.
“Here is the SRM – the variant of the midterm elections! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited mail-in ballots nationwide, ”Jackson tweeted November 27. “Democrats will do anything to CHEAT in an election – but we’re not going to let them!” ”
Ted Cruz replied, “Accurate diagnosis. ”
The White House has tried to temper fears about the new variant. Biden said on Nov. 29 that “this variant is cause for concern, not cause for panic.” Epidemiologists are still studying the variant for severity and transmissibility, although some experts in South Africa believe it can infect people even faster than the delta variant.
“I imagine it will take at least two more weeks before we have a good mastery [on the variant] and then a very good round a few weeks later. So I would say we shouldn’t be drawing any definitive conclusions, certainly not until the next two weeks, ”said Dr Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical officer.
Biden and Fauci, have stepped up calls for people to get vaccinated if they haven’t and to receive reminders if they are eligible. Nowadays, almost 61% of the American population has been fully immunized.
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Most Republicans aren’t concerned about the new twist, according to in the poll earlier this week. Only 35% of Republicans said they were at all concerned about the new variant, compared to 80% of Democrats. A majority of Republicans, 59%, say they are little or not at all concerned, against 14% of Democrats.