WASHINGTON (AP) – Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to find jobs, and President Joe Biden’s polls are weakening. The White House blames a common culprit: COVID-19.
Biden’s team sees the plague as the root cause of the nation’s depression and its own political woes. Finally, the White House believes that controlling COVID-19 is the skeletal key to rejuvenating the country and restoring Biden’s position.
But the coronavirus test proved to be bothering the White House, which announced early last summer that it had been defeated by a more transient delta version, that millions of Americans had not been vaccinated, and that the economic consequences of the plague had lasted longer.
All this is another version of the virus, the omicron, which has appeared abroad. As scientists race to understand how dangerous this can be, it is worrying public health workers and causing new tourism bans and market panic.
Although the economy is recovering, the plague is gone, but COVID-19 has many signs of scarring.
Currently, the administration believes that intolerant minorities opposed to vaccination are disrupting the rehabilitation process in other parts of the country, wearing masks on vaccinated people and causing anxiety everywhere.
Last week, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki asked Americans why they didn’t accept the message that the economy was improving: “We’re still in the middle of a fight against the plague, and people are tired of it.
He says the situation affects everything from people sending their children out the door to the price of a gallon of gas.
The administration believes that vaccination is important not only to prevent preventable diseases and deaths, but also to protect the economic recovery and save Biden’s political position.
White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients said in a briefing on the coronavirus, “We have a wide range of tools to accelerate the recovery from this plague.” He denied the major congestion in the United States in 2020 and the re-emergence of major congestion across Europe, but called for more Americans to be shot by the Zients administration.
However, the opening of a new version in South Africa on Friday has cut off travel from the region to most countries in the world, threatening to worsen the delta wave, according to the World Health Organization.
Within the White House and among presidential allies, the government has been frustrated for weeks by delaying scholarships for all adults. They fear that the regulatory process has led to misinformation and confusion surrounding the provocateurs, which means that there is no optimal protection during the national holiday.
On Friday, Biden called on unvaccinated Americans to be “responsible,” to get vaccinated, and to get extra help. “It’s the minimum that everyone should do. … We always talk about freedom, but I think it’s a patriotic responsibility to do it.”
Despite all the controversy surrounding Biden’s American position, the Democrats believe it can be changed.
Jesse Ferguson, the party’s strategist, said: “From Trump to Biden, people feel like they’re mourning in America again, and America feels like they’re on the brink of morning again.”
“Overcoming the pandemic opens the door for the economy, our way of life and the division of people,” he added.
According to Biden critics, it is difficult to blame all the country’s problems on COVID-19 or think that the presence of a virus will solve them.
Kentucky Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, in fact, blamed the high price of a large package against the Biden epidemic, saying recently: “There’s no doubt what’s keeping working Americans awake at night. Inflation. impossibility. “
Although the fight against the virus was considered relatively strong, the long-term effects of the virus negatively affected the president’s assessment.
In an AP-NORC poll in October, 54 percent of Americans agreed to work against the Biden plague. This was slightly higher than his total assessment, which was much higher than the economic regulatory assessment of 48% and 41%.
As of July, 66% agreed with Biden’s COVID-19 and 59% with his performance in general.
In a poll last month, only about a third of Americans said the country was moving in the right direction, down from about half in late February.
Economic outlook has also declined, with only about a third saying the situation is better than half in September.
Blaming the White House for the plague is emerging as a modern version of the “It’s Economy, Stupid” mantra from the Bill Clinton era.
Asked what the government is doing to raise prices, Psaki said: “We know what the root cause is, right? It’s a global supply chain problem.”
“The best thing we can do for the government is to control the plague,” he said. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
A similar message is circulating throughout the administration.
Transport Secretary Pete Battig recently said, “As the plague continues, there will be shortages caused by the plague, so the best way to fix it is to stop the plague.”
Speaking about the government’s response to rising gasoline prices, Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm said vaccinating people was the “final answer.”
Economists strongly support the idea, but warn that the solution is not simple.
Harvard economist James Stock said, “The root of the problem in the economy is the virus, and the best way to reduce the spread of the virus is to increase vaccination. I think that’s the number one economic policy.”
But analysts predict that COVID-19 is becoming endemic, so Stoke “needs to be realistic that it won’t go away.”
Economists warn that even if the virus fades, it will have negative consequences.
In a recent analysis, Goldman Sachs noted that half of the 5 million people who lost their jobs due to the plague have retired, making it difficult for businesses to regain lost jobs. According to a study by Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom and others, companies expect more people to work from home and shop online, suggesting that local retailers are more likely to buy lunch from office workers and keep people coming back to the store.
Only 5 percent of Americans work from home just before the plague, up from 25 percent today, Bloom said. More than three-quarters of his co-workers and employees surveyed prefer to work from home at least one day a week, while nearly a third prefer to work from home for five days. This can make it difficult for employers to value their employees and use office space efficiently.
As the administration faces the global economy, it is limited to deal with the epidemic internally.
The outbreak of the coronavirus in Asia has shut down computer chip factories and exacerbated semiconductor shortages, suggesting that vaccinations around the world could be as important as domestic administrative efforts. One of the rationale for spending on infrastructure to strengthen Biden’s supply chain is to reduce the damage caused by these outages.
In a recent speech, Biden said, “If a plant in Malaysia closes due to a COVID outbreak, it will create a wave effect that could slow car production in Detroit.” “Why? They can’t get the computer chip they need. “