Joe Biden takes fifth Covid shot, warns winter can record more 'preventable' deaths

Joe Biden takes fifth Covid shot, warns winter can record more 'preventable' deaths
President Joe Biden receives a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the South Court Auditorium on March 30, 2022 in Washington, DC (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON DC, WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has renewed his appeal to people on letting their guard down on Covid-19 and called for making sure it doesn’t become a national emergency again. The US President officially declared the pandemic is "over" a month ago. Biden got his 5th Covid-19 vaccine jab on Tuesday, October 25, in the office building, which is just next door to the White House.

He was asked by one of the reporters, “Mr. President, is COVID still a national emergency?” Biden responded by saying, “It’s a necessity to deal with to make sure it doesn’t become one.” In a statement Biden also said death due to Covid-19 is likely to increase this winter, but also emphasized that "all of them are preventable," reported New York Post.

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As per records, the percentage of vaccinated casualties has increased considerably. Having said that, the officials believe that the chances of people dying are quite low for those who have received one or more vaccination shots. The President said, “We still have hundreds of people dying each day from COVID in this country, hundreds. That number is likely to rise this winter. But this year is different from the past. This year, nearly every death is preventable. Let me say it again, nearly every death is preventable. So get your updated COVID shot.”

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On being questioned what his take on New York ending its vaccine mandate for private employees, Biden replied, "that’s a local judgement.” Biden also suggested fellow Americans get Covid shots annually from here on and added to get their annual flu shot as well regularly.

The President had suffered from a mild case of Covid-19 in July and August and isolated himself at the White House. Biden, who will be 80 next month had taken the drug Paxlovid to minimize the impact of the illness. "We can do so much now to reduce the number of people who die from this disease. We have the tools, we have the vaccines, and we have the treatments. None of this is about politics. It's about your health and the health of your loved ones," reported Reuters on Biden's statement.

As per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the United States is reporting 260,808 new cases a week and 2,566 deaths. In total, Covid-19 has taken at least 1 million lives in America, with over 60% fatalities recorded under Biden’s administration.

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