Joe Biden said Friday he would not seek to require inoculations for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
''No, I don’t think it should be mandatory,'' Biden said during a briefing with reporters in Wilmington, Delaware. ''I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory.''
''But I would do everything in my power — just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide — I will do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing. And when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.''
New research suggests that recovered coronavirus patients likely have a robust immune memory that persists for at least eight months. This memory relies on more than just antibodies — it also involves white blood cells known as T cells and B cell that have impressive powers of recollection. Combined, these layers of protection enable the immune system to recognize and re-attack the coronavirus should it ever invade again, thereby preventing another infection.
Portland’s three outdoor emergency shelters set up for physical distancing will be winterized in the coming days through the addition of 40 small, sturdy aluminum “pods.”
Work begins Monday in the Old Town shelter on Glisan Street, Multnomah County and Portland’s Joint Office of Homeless Services said in a statement. The tents there now will be replaced by the pods.
The temporary units will arrive at the two shelters on Southeast Water Avenue in early December.