"Accept it" and "Don't shut it down former Biden advosrs says the president must change appraoch to COVID-19 pandemic
The former Biden’s advisors advised the President to take another approach to the COVID-19 pandemic than he is currently using.
Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio, the six members of the advisory board that that worked with Biden during his transition to the White House, now call out Biden to “accept it, not shot down.”
"As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay," Emanuel, Osterholm and Gounder wrote in a piece in which they say Biden's national strategy for COVID-19 response must be "updated."
The adviser suggested that the people got used to live normal lives with the risks of other respiratory illnesses like influenza and others, and that they have to “view the threat of COVID-19 as just an additional threat alongside the others.”
However, they clarified that while this is a goal, COVID-19 is currently more serious than the other illnesses in terms of hospitalizations and fatalities.
"Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection."
According to the former advisers, the “new normal” should be "recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more."
"What constitutes appropriate thresholds for hospitalizations and death, at what cost, and with what trade-offs, remains undetermined," they said.
They also suggested that the Biden administration should to put in place infrastructure that "includes real-time electronic collection of comprehensive information on respiratory viral infections, hospitalizations, deaths, disease-specific outcomes, and immunizations merged with sociodemographic and other relevant variables."
This system would collect data at the national, state and local level, as well as from various academic institutions, labs and health care systems.
At the end, they added that Biden must rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health."