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The Biden administration says that there is no need for the U.S. to go back into lockdowns or issue more vaccine mandates despite fears of a potential winter Covid surge.
During a press briefing on Monday, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients assured that there is no need for the U.S. to go into lockdowns or shut down the economy.
‘We are not headed in that direction. We have the tools to accelerate the path out of this pandemic; widely available vaccinations, booster shots, kid shots, therapeutics,’ Zients told reporters.
‘We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in any way shut down our economy.’
Meanwhile, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg says that other strategies rather than a vaccine mandate – such as mask requirements – are ‘highly effective’ for domestic flights.
There are fears the winter may bring another wave with the seven-day rolling average of cases increasing to 95,000, about 10 percent higher than the week before, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
But many Americans feel their lives are returning to normal.
In a recent poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans said their lives are now ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ normal as we head into the holiday season.
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said on Monday that the U.S. does not need to go into lockdown or shut down the economy due to other tools such as vaccines and booster shots
Secretary of Transpiration Pete Buttigieg similarly said on Sunday on Meet the Press (above) that vaccines mandates don’t need to be implemented on domestic flights because masking and other mitigation practices are working
Some experts fear the winter will being a new COVID-19 surge as the seven-day average of cases reaches 95,000, which is 10% higher than the week before (above)
Meanwhile, while speak to NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Buttigieg said he did not see a reason to implement a vaccine mandate on domestic flights.
Currently, there are no rules regarding the vaccination status of Americans that affect their ability to fly and no states require negative tests to enter.
A federal mandate only exists requiring masks for all under the age of two and all passengers are required to fill out a form stating they don’t have symptoms.
Additionally, several airlines have instituted their own mandates for employees, such as pilots and flight attendants, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines.
Buttigieg told host Chuck Todd that the rules already in place are ‘highly effective’ with the mask mandate already expanded by the Transportation Security Administration until January 18, 2022.
A new poll conducted last week found that 74% of Americans feel their lives have returned to ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ normal, mostly because of vaccines
When pressed out whether or not a vaccine mandate wasn’t being implemented due to the political nature, Buttigieg said themeasures that are already in place are working.
‘Between the masking and the other mitigations, we’re very confident in the safety of air travel and travel generally in this country,’ he said.
It comes a new survey reveals that most Americans feel that their lives have returned to normal despite the rise in cases.
Conducted by Yahoo News/YouGov, the poll surveyed 1,696 U.S. adults representative of the population online between November 17 and November 19.
Results showed that 74 percent of respondents say they believe their lives have retuned to ‘normal.’
Of that group, 15 percent said the COVID-19 pandemic did not disrupt their day-to-day activities and their lives ‘never stopped being normal.’
When broken down, 21 percent describe their lives as ‘very normal’ while the majority – 53 percent – say their lives are ‘somewhat’ normal.’
Meanwhile, just 19 percent say their lives are ‘not normal’ and the remaining seven percent went even further and said ‘not normal at all.’
When participants were asked why their lives were ‘normal’ again, 57 percent selected an answer relating to Covid vaccines.
Respondents were allowed to select as many answers has applied with 38 percent saying the reason life is normal again is because ‘I am vaccinated,’ 21 percent saying ‘the seniors in my life are vaccinated,’ 13 percent saying ‘I got a booster shot’ and eight percent saying ‘the children in my life are vaccinated.’
Answers varied between the fully vaccinated and the unvaccinated, who still continue to account for the majority of hospitalizations, according to the CDC.
A quarter, 25 percent, of unvaccinated respondents said their lives were ‘very normal’ compared to a fifth, or 19 percent, of the vaccinated.