President Biden will announce new steps on Tuesday to confront an alarming surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the infectious new Omicron variant. They include readying 1,000 military medical professionals to help at overburdened hospitals, setting up new federal testing and vaccination sites, deploying hundreds of federal vaccinators and buying 500 million rapid tests to distribute free to the public.

Here’s what we know and don’t know about his speech, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., and how his plan will work.

Will the president call for lockdowns? No. The White House is adamant that there is no need for lockdowns at this point.

Will the president advise Americans to forgo holiday gatherings? That depends. Officials say that the president will tell people that they should feel “comfortable” gathering with family if everyone is vaccinated and follows public health protocols like masking and testing if they are exposed to someone with Covid-19. He will remind those who are unvaccinated that they are at high risk, and encourage people to get their shots and booster doses if they are eligible. Boosters increase protection against the Omicron variant.

such a site.) But White House officials concede the particulars of their plan aren’t fully developed. They have not said whether there would be a limit on the number of tests, or exactly how

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