Psaki’s disdain for the idea of delivering free tests seemed to be real turning point for Americans who have come to the realization that Joe Biden fully owns the public health response to the pandemic now. Whatever massive failings President Donald Trump made are in the past, as Biden’s one-year anniversary of becoming president is just around the corner on January 20.

What else does President Biden plan to say during today’s big covid-19 address? For one thing, lockdowns are a non-starter, according to Psaki. But there are plenty of other tools Biden will use to fight the current surge of cases seen in almost every state.

Biden is deploying 1,000 members of the military in January and February to work as support staff at hospitals that are stretched thin. The president will also announce a new initiative to get FEMA involved in expanding hospital capacity.


“The President is directing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to activate additional staffing and capacity for the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and FEMA regions, and to mobilize planning teams to work with every state and territory to assess hospital needs ahead of winter surges, and to start expanding hospital bed capacity now—with the federal government paying for all of it,” the White House said in a press release.

“The Administration is also pre-positioning the federal government’s own supplies and resources to help make more beds available,” the statement continued.


The White House will also be ramping up the number of ventilators being distributed to the states and new federally-run testing sites are going to be opened up, including some in New York that are expected to open just this week. There’s also a plan to expand vaccinations for kids at the nation’s pharmacies.

The U.S. reported 268,307 new cases of covid-19 on Monday, a higher number than usual likely due to a backlog from over the weekend. The seven-day average for new cases in the country is 142,973, which is still trending higher. The U.S. also reported 1,756 new deaths from covid-19 on Monday.


And if the country doesn’t throw everything it can at omicron, those numbers are expected to get worse in the coming weeks and months. In fact, the director of the NIH recently warned the U.S. could see one million new cases every day if steps aren’t taken quickly.