Dems frustrated with Biden’s Omicron response

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Fed-up Democratic lawmakers are pushing the Biden administration to do more to contain COVID-19.

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Why this matters: Outreach shows pressure to build components left confused and wary A black eye for an administration that lived up to its potential – by shifting and conflicting guidance.

Running news: Democratic Reps. Alyssa Slotkin of Michigan and Tim Ryan of Ohio are urging President Biden to purchase and distribute home-made KN95 masks to any American family who requests it.

  • They will be paid with the COVID-19 fund allocated earlier.
  • In a letter first seen by Nerdshala, the pair write that the nation is at a “crossroads” in the fight against the coronavirus.
  • “We strongly encourage the Administration to take the opportunity to prevent further loss of life … by taking advantage of the federal government’s substantial authority to prioritize American-made masks and PPE,” they write.

Description: The lack of readily available rapid testing especially before the recent holidays is also one of the main concerns detailed by colleagues and members. Another sore spot: Changes in CDC’s guidance.

  • More than 40 members of the House and Senate wrote a letter The president on Monday called on the administration to expand COVID-19 rapid testing.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted to reporters this week that the administration was not “where we should have been” in terms of testing supplies.
  • A White House official later cited the administration’s vaccination and COVID-relief efforts, saying: “We are honest about the challenges we face and continue to address them with Congress, which is why We are very happy with the appreciation that we have received. Announcements today in continuation of our work to manage this once in a generation pandemic. ,

What are they saying: Representative Corey Bush (D-Mo.) Tweeted on New Year’s Eve: “Free COVID-19 test at home and in person. Free N95/KN95 high quality masks. For everyone in our country. Because whenever they need them. for the duration of the pandemic. It’s not complicated.”

  • Representative Katie Porter (D-California.) retweeted a Tweet From Captain Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, who criticized the CDC for cutting quarantine times for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to five days.
  • He argued that pilots should not feel pressured to fly unless they are medically fit to do so, adding that ALPA “will not allow corporate interests to make good decisions, pilots”. show daily in making decisions about whether they are healthy enough to fly.”
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Will McKelvey, former health policy advisor to Rep. Ro Khanna (D-California.), criticized the CDC for not requiring a negative rapid test after its new five-day quarantine period.

  • He termed it “disappointing, but predictable due to the lack of rapid tests”.
  • McKelvey said: “This shortcoming could have been avoided by focusing on approving and distributing inexpensive paper-strip tests, like more than a dozen members of Congress. pushed to 2020,

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional White House commentary.


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