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Democrat President Joe Biden's administration is reportedly pushing the president to reset his messaging on the coronavirus pandemic after he has failed to get the pandemic under control, a key promise that he made on the campaign trail.
The news comes as the the Omicron variant of the virus, which appears to be far more infectious but potentially less severe than previous variants, is set to surge through the U.S. and the rest of the world.
"The emergence of the Omicron variant has thrust the nation - and the White House - back into an uncertain pandemic reality, posing both public health and political challenges for a leader whose ultimate success depends almost entirely on his ability to contain the virus,"
CNN reported. "Already, cases and hospitalizations are surging in some parts of the country, leading to a 31% increase in cases and a 20% increase in hospitalizations from two weeks ago."
The report claim that Biden and his team have "all but ruled out new lockdowns,"
despite White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refusing to rule out lockdowns during a press conference last week.
"Some of Biden's advisers are encouraging the administration to begin discussing publicly how to live alongside a virus that shows no signs of disappearing, a potentially stark shift in messaging for a White House that once touted 'freedom from the virus,'"
the report added. "Steering public attention away from the total number of infections and toward serious cases only - as some Biden advisers have encouraged - could prove a challenge after nearly two years of intense focus on the pandemic's every up and down. It is a part of a growing conundrum that Biden faces as the Covid-19 pandemic refuses to abate."
More Americans have now died from the coronavirus under Biden's leadership than died under former President Donald Trump, according to CDC data published late this week.
The development comes as Biden's approval rating continues to remain low as more and more Americans are disapproving of his handling of the pandemic than at any other point during his first year in office. The number of Americans who say that Biden is doing a "bad job" in responding to the pandemic has doubled from 23% during Biden's first month in office to 46% as of last month.
The CDC reported back in January that on January 20, 2021, at 1:16PM, there were 400,306 deaths recorded in the U.S. from the coronavirus. Biden officially became president of the United States at noon on that day.
Since then, the number of people who have died from coronavirus under Biden's watch is now greater than 400,306.
According to the most recent CDC data published at the time this report was published, 800,939 Americans have died from the coronavirus, which means that at least 400,633 Americans have died under Biden's leadership. Other entities like The New York Times, however, currently report the U.S. has 803,964 deaths from the coronavirus, a number that continues to climb daily with no end in sight.
Biden's disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic is even worse when considering the fact that he had highly effective vaccines at his disposal from his very first day in office to get the pandemic under control.
Biden repeatedly promised while on the campaign trail that he was going to "shut down the virus,"
and while it's true that new variants have emerged, the fact remains that he has not "shut down the virus"
and more Americans have now died under his leadership than under Trump.
REALITY CHECK: Joe Biden promised he had a secret plan to "shut down the virus."
- RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 22, 2021
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