Biden warns unvaccinated Americans ‘are looking at a winter of severe illness and death’

On the campaign trail, now-President Joe Biden promised that he’d shut down the COVID-19 pandemic if he won the White House. Nearly a year later, even he’s admitting that he hasn’t been able to accomplish that goal.

In a stark warning to Americans on Thursday, President Biden said those who aren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus “are looking at a winter of severe illness and death.”

According to Fox News, Biden’s remarks came during a meeting with his pandemic response team.

“It’s here now and it’s spreading and it’s going to increase,” the president said. “For unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death, if you’re unvaccinated, for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they will soon overwhelm.”

“There’s good news”

Biden’s comments come amid rising concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19, which has been spreading rapidly within the U.S.

“But there’s good news,” Biden said Thursday, according to Fox. “If you’re vaccinated and have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death.”

It’s a message he echoed in an op-ed published the same day by USA Today. “Here’s the truth about the new omicron variant: While it is a cause for concern, it is not a cause for panic,” Biden wrote.

“We are going to fight COVID-19 not with shutdowns or lockdowns,” he added, “but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more.”

“Cases will continue to rise”

Biden’s push for boosters has even extended to pop culture, with the White House taking flak for getting music groups including Pentatonix and the Jonas Brothers to stump for the cause.

The administration’s position is that two shots just isn’t enough, anymore. This is despite the fact that reports claim the omicron variant is less deadly than previous variants of COVID-19.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped Biden from telling Americans — particularly those who are unvaccinated — to expect the worst.

“Experts say that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise in the weeks ahead this winter, and that we will see more omicron cases here in the United States in the days, weeks and months ahead,” he wrote in his USA Today op-ed. “Our best scientists and doctors are on the case and gathering data, but early indications are that our vaccines will provide a measure of protection against this strain.”

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