Biden holds press conference ahead of 1-year mark in office
Updated: 2022-01-20 17:14:00 KST
On the eve of his one-year mark in office, U.S. President Joe Biden touted the work and efforts made by his administration.
While acknowledging the frustration and fatigue caused by the pandemic, he said "enormous progress" had been made in fighting COVID-19.
"I know there's a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country. And we know why - COVID-19. Omicron has now been challenging us in a way that it's the new enemy. But while it's cause for concern, it's not cause for panic. We've been doing everything we can, learning and adapting as fast as we can, and preparing for a future beyond the pandemic."
He stressed that just two million people had been vaccinated a year ago when he was sworn in as president.
But now more than 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated.
Biden said that the country is currently in a "better place" to fight the virus, citing vaccination efforts, swift testing, and new medications.
He reassured the public that the country will not roll back to lockdownsand that schools will stay open.
To the "new normal" he said it's a "job not yet finished"implying that it was too early to make any judgments on his work on the return to normalcy.
On inflation, however, he vowed to keep it under control as people are seeing higher prices at grocery stores, gas stations and elsewhere.
Biden said efforts will be made to fight inflation, including resolving supply chain disruptions and cracking down on unfair market competition.
Biden also commented on current tensions with Russia over a military build-up on its border with Ukraine.
He predicted Russia will "move in" to Ukraine, but vowed unprecedented sanctions
saying Russia will be held accountable if it invades and will pay a stiff price.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.