The policies previewed by the president are continuations or modest expansions of existing initiatives. And he’s yet to embrace the further reaching proposals.

President Joe Biden speaks about the Covid-19 Omicron variant during a visit to the National Institutes of Health, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo


12/02/2021 07:36 PM EST

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President Joe Biden has staked his presidency on defeating the pandemic. But nearly a year into his term, the administration is crashing into the limits of its power to end the nation’s fight against Covid-19. And in the few places where it could go further, it seems unwilling to do so, as of now.

Beset by rising cases, falling approval ratings and the emergence of a worrying new variant, Biden on Thursday pleaded with Americans to get vaccinated and promised more measures to slow the virus’ spread — unveiling what the White House is touting as a wide-ranging plan to avert a winter resurgence of the virus.

The reality, however, is that most of the steps the administration plans to take are continuations or modest expansions of existing initiatives, and some experts doubt they will do much to change the pandemic’s current trajectory.

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