New York needs help now – BoilingNews

The outgoing mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, said the White House should invoke the law on defense production to help provide a greater number of home tests as well as monoclonal antibody treatments. | AP photo

NEW YORK – New York’s outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio is urging the Biden administration to send help as the Covid-19 Omicron variant rises dramatically in the city’s five boroughs.

The variant’s lightning-fast spread in the city forced the cancellation of Radio City Music Hall’s annual “Christmas Spectacular” over the weekend and caused Saturday Night Live to broadcast without a live studio audience and with a smaller cast.

De Blasio said the White House should invoke the law on defense production to help provide a greater number of home tests as well as monoclonal antibody treatments. He also said the Biden administration should speed up the approval of an antiviral pill from Pfizer.

“We need help now … and we need a wave of support in the form of monoclonal antibody treatments,” de Blasio said at a briefing Sunday. “We need more accessibility for New York City.”

The mayor, who is leaving office on New Year’s Eve, said the city has launched a $ 10 million marketing campaign to push for more people to be vaccinated and add new test sites.

The city registered more than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. “We need to act immediately,” de Blasio said.

The mayor expects to see an increase in Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks, after which the number of cases will ease. But, he added, “we do not expect to see any of the painful reality we saw in the spring of 2020 or even last winter.”

Elected Mayor Eric Adams, who takes office on January 1, said during the briefing that his team and de Blasios are coordinating as a new crisis takes shape.

“My message to New Yorkers is the same: We’re in this together,” Adams said. “But the only way we can get our city back is to find our will again and face this crisis.”

“Vaccination remains crucial, even against Omicron,” added city health commissioner Dave Chokshi.

De Blasio said the city has the ability to get people vaccinated and boosted quickly.

More test sites throughout the city will become available, and the city will distribute high-quality masks and increase efforts to encourage booster shots, the mayor said. Test kits at home will be made available through community-based organizations to help reduce long waiting times at test sites.

According to Ted Long, who heads the city’s Test and Trace Corps, there will be eight additional test sites for bricks and mortar across the five boroughs by Tuesday. This means that there will be 30 permanent seats and 93 mobile devices in total.

Shortly after the briefing, Adams told MSNBC that his first line of business will be to ensure that “all our agencies are coordinated to ensure we encourage vaccination,” and that he will work with business leaders to see how they plan. . to keep the city running through the crisis.

Asked if he will continue to support de Blasio’s vaccination mandates, including one that applies to private sector employees and is scheduled to take effect on December 27, Adams said it is uncertain what will happen in the coming weeks. “We will reconsider what the mayor has tried to do with mandates in all offices and all businesses, and I will make a decision there on January 1,” he said. “Right now we have a mayor.”