Speaking astatine a New York City fundraiser held for 2 Democratic groups and attended by celebrities including Robert De Niro, the president appeared reassuring connected COVID-19, encouraging attendees to get vaccinated.
“By the way, if you haven’t gotten your boosters, get them,” Biden told the astir 100 participants, according to Bloomberg.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved an updated booster shot targeting omicron, including the much caller subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, earlier this month.
But the White House is reportedly disquieted Biden’s comments implicit the play could “complicate” the efforts to vaccinate Americans this fall, according to Politico.
“We inactive person a occupation with COVID. We’re inactive doing a batch of enactment connected it … but the pandemic is over,” Biden told CBS’s “60 Minutes” successful a conception that aired Sunday.
On Tuesday, Biden appeared to reframe those remarks, saying the U.S. is really successful a overmuch amended spot to combat COVID-19 this clip around.
“It fundamentally is not wherever it was,” helium said of the pandemic, according to Bloomberg.
The U.S. has recorded implicit 379,000 cases and 2,490 deaths successful the past 7 days arsenic of Tuesday, according to CDC data.
Over 67% of Americans person been afloat vaccinated arsenic of Sept. 14, the CDC said.
Biden’s main aesculapian adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Monday the outbreak’s strength inactive remains “unacceptably high.”
The president’s pandemic connection implicit the play was met with unease by his Democratic colleagues, but besides drew the attraction of Republican lawmakers, who seized connected the opportunity to question the request for further COVID-19 funds.
“If it’s over, past I wouldn’t fishy they request immoderate much money,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told CNN.
Apart from COVID though, Biden besides spoke authorities astatine Tuesday’s fundraiser, repeating his warning that the apical precedence astatine the infinitesimal is the midterm elections successful November.
“They retake the House and Senate, we’ll person a antithetic world,” Biden said. “I’ll beryllium spending each my clip with a veto pen.”
Democrats are hoping a drawstring of legislative victories the enactment pulled disconnected this summer, including the transition of the Inflation Reduction Act, arsenic good arsenic the vulnerable Trump-endorsed Republican candidates moving successful cardinal states, could assistance them prevail successful the contention for the power of the House and Senate that typically favors the out-of-power party.
Also encouraging for Democrats are the autumn successful state prices and the reversal of Roe v. Wade, which seems to person energized voters successful enactment of termination rights.
Polling shows Democrats are favored to support the Senate, but inactive look an uphill conflict successful the House adjacent though their likelihood person improved, according to polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight.
The president is expected to deliver an address to the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday morning.