WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting the federal authorities’s efforts to “surge” army medical personnel to assist overwhelmed medical amenities climate the spike in coronavirus cases and staff shortages attributable to the highly transmissible omicron variant.
Beginning subsequent week, 1,000 army medical personnel will start arriving to assist mitigate staffing crunches at hospitals across the country. Many amenities are struggling as a result of their employees are in at-home quarantines because of the virus concurrently a nationwide spike in COVID-19 circumstances. The brand new deployments shall be on high of different federal medical personnel who’ve already been despatched to states to assist with acute shortages.
Biden deliberate to ship remarks Thursday morning on the “surge response” to COVID-19, the White Home stated. The administration’s focus is shifting to easing disruptions from the nationwide spike in circumstances that can also be contributing to grocery shortages and flight cancellations.
On Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, the appearing head of the Meals and Drug Administration, advised Congress that the extremely transmissible pressure will infect “most individuals” and that the main focus ought to flip to making sure crucial companies can proceed uninterrupted.
“I believe it’s onerous to course of what’s truly occurring proper now, which is: Most individuals are going to get COVID, all proper?” she stated. “What we have to do is ensure the hospitals can nonetheless operate — transportation, different important companies aren’t disrupted whereas this occurs.”
The White Home stated Biden could be joined by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who lately recovered from his own case of COVID-19, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. They’ll highlight the work of the greater than 800 army personnel who’ve been serving to civilian hospitals since Thanksgiving and the greater than 14,000 National Guard members whose work supporting vaccinations, testing and caring for sufferers is being lined by the federal authorities.
The White Home stated the trio would converse with federal personnel who’re already on the bottom in Arizona, Michigan and New York to listen to about their experiences.
Biden may even announce that six further army medical groups shall be deployed to Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.
The White Home stated the groups will help Henry Ford Hospital simply exterior Detroit, College Hospital in Newark, the College of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque, Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Cleveland Clinic and Rhode Island Hospital in Windfall.