Biden says unvaxxed will ‘overwhelm’ hospitals with COVID cases

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Biden says unvaxxed will 'overwhelm' hospitals with COVID cases

President Biden sounded like he’d been watching “Game of Thrones” as he warned Thursday that the unvaccinated “will soon overwhelm” US hospitals and vaccine refusers will experience “a winter of severe illness and death.”

“It’s here now and it’s spreading and it’s going to increase,” Biden said of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 at the White House, seated near his chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“For [the] unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death — the unvaccinated, for themselves, their families and the hospitals they will soon overwhelm,” Biden said.

He urged people to seek out vaccine “booster” shots to prevent school shutdowns and business restrictions.

“Go get boosted if you’d had your first two shots. If you haven’t, go get your first shot. It’s time, it’s time — it’s past time,” Biden said.

“And we’re going to protect our economic recovery if we do this. We’re going to keep schools and businesses open if we do this. And I want to see everyone around enjoy that. I want to see them enjoy the fact that they’re able to be in school and businesses are open and the holidays are coming.”

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President Joe Biden predicts there will be a “winter of severe illness and death” for unvaccinated Americans.
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Biden took no questions and it’s unclear how US officials determined that hospitals will be overwhelmed. Preliminary data from South Africa show lower rates of hospitalization due to milder symptoms than with past variants of the virus.

According to The Associated Press, hospital admissions for adults diagnosed with COVID-19 in South Africa are 29 percent lower compared to in mid-2020, even after adjusting for vaccination status. But the new variant also is more transmissible, meaning more people are likely to catch it.

Pfizer said last week that preliminary research indicates that the company’s COVID-19 vaccine works against the Omicron variant, especially after three doses. Pfzier said that three doses give people the approximate level of protection as two doses did against the original coronavirus strain. Two doses of the company’s vaccine were about 95 percent effective against transmission of the original strain.

Demonstrators gather during an anti-mandate protest against the Covid-19 vaccine as part of a 'Global Freedom Movement' in New York on November 20, 2021.
Demonstrators protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in New York City on Nov. 20, 2021.
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According to CDC data, 84.6 percent of US adults have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, but just 30 percent have had a booster shot since they became available in recent months. Almost 77 percent of all US resident ages 5 and up have had one shot.

Biden frequently blames unvaccinated people for prolonging the disruption of the coronavirus, saying this year it’s only a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” despite a large number of “breakthrough” cases that are usually mild among vaccinated people.

As a presidential candidate, Biden routinely slammed then-President Donald Trump’s management of the pandemic and vowed he would “shut down the virus.” But this week, the US passed 800,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic — with 400,000 of them on Biden’s watch over nearly 11 months, despite the benefit of vaccines.

More New Yorkers prioritize getting tested for COVID-19 in Midtown, Manhattan on Dec. 16, 2021.
More New Yorkers prioritize getting tested for COVID-19 in Midtown, Manhattan on Dec. 16, 2021.
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Biden on Wednesday smiled and walked away when The Post asked him about his responsibility for the grim milestone and why he hasn’t done more to push for transparency from China on the origins of the outbreak.

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