President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.
'Absolutely no': Biden says US is not regressing back to March 2020
02:05 - Source: CNN
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    President Joe Biden sought to reassure vaccinated Americans yesterday that they can proceed with their holiday plans without fear of getting seriously ill from Covid-19. He also announced new efforts to combat a surge of US cases during a speech at the White House. Steps include preparing 1,000 military service members to deploy to overburdened hospitals across the country in January and February and the purchase of 500 million at-home rapid Covid-19 tests that Americans who sign up will get by mail – although there is concern about the availability of tests amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Biden’s remarks came as the CDC released new data showing Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, claiming more than 350,000 lives in the US and lowering life expectancy by nearly two years.