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President Joe Biden kicked off a press conference Wednesday by acknowledging challenges on the eve of his one-year anniversary in the White House.

It’s a year that has seen inflation soar; COVID-19 dip, then surge with the delta variant, then surge again with omicron; the passage of landmark infrastructure investment legislation and the stalling or failure of other legislative priorities.

And it comes in a month that has brought White House efforts to contain the further spread of the record-breaking omicron variant with the shipping of COVID-19 tests to households at no cost and masks to community spots where Americans can pick up three free N95s, as well as the deployment of the National Guard to help hospitals in six states.

The news conference, which started at 4 p.m. in the East Room of the White House, is his ninth such event, according to a tally by the Associated Press.

More:Five things to expect from Biden’s news conference Wednesday: Inflation, COVID-19, voting rights and more

Biden says he’ll seek more input, hit the road in 2022

Despite recent setbacks on his domestic agenda and public concern over inflation and COVID-19, Biden said he’s satisfied with his team and has no plans to shake up leadership at the White House.

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