But I want to say hello to everyone and thanks, you — at the Munich Conference for hosting this special session. And two years ago, as you pointed out, when I last spoke at Munich, I was a private citizen; I was a professor, not an elected official. America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back. And we are not looking backward; we are looking forward, together. It comes down to this: The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation — the strong foundation — on which our collective security and our shared prosperity are built. The partnership between Europe and the United States, in my view, is and must remain the cornerstone of all that we hope to accomplish in the 21st century, just as we did in the 20th century. The challenges we face today are different. When I spoke to you as a senator and as even as Vice President, the global dynamics have shifted.
After that I want to start by acknowledging how tired, worried, and frustrated I know you are. For many of you, this will be the at the outset or even the second Christmas anywhere you look — across the agenda will be an empty kitchen control the discussion there. So, that — let me answer some questions that lay absent the steps the Vice President after that I are taking to prepare designed for the rising number of cases experts tell us we could expect all the rage the weeks ahead. First, how afraid should you be about Omicron, which is now the dominant variant all the rage this country and it happened accordingly quickly? The answer is straightforward: But you are not fully vaccinated, you have good reason to be afraid. And the unvaccinated have a a lot higher risk of ending up all the rage a hospital or even dying. You have a high degree of armour against severe illness. There will be positive cases in every office, constant here in the White House, along with the unv- — among the vaccinated — among the vaccinated — as of Omicron.
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