President Biden: Omicron coronavirus variant ‘a cause for concern, not a cause for panic’

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Omicron: Biden addresses journey restrictions

Omicron was first reported to the WHO as COVID circumstances in South Africa instantly spiked to hundreds per day.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday known as the coronavirus variant omicron a “trigger for concern, not a trigger for panic” as he urged People to get vaccinated towards COVID-19.

Biden plans to stipulate Thursday a “detailed technique” on how the administration will battle COVID-19 within the coming winter.

“Not with shutdowns or lockdowns,” he stated. “However with extra widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and extra.”

Biden’s remarks got here on the day journey restrictions from South Africa and 7 different nations start. Biden introduced the journey guidelines Friday, days after the variant was first reported to the World Well being Group by South Africa. 

WHO has urged nations to not impose flight bans on southern African nations. 

“Journey restrictions could play a task in barely lowering the unfold of COVID-19 however place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” the group stated in a press release Sunday.

However Biden stated the restrictions are obligatory to offer People extra time to get their first vaccines or to get booster pictures.

“It offers us time to take extra motion, to maneuver faster, to verify individuals perceive you must get the vaccine,” he stated.

Although advisers don’t imagine but that new vaccines can be wanted to battle the variant, Biden stated, the administration is working with vaccine producers on contingencies.

WHO warned Monday that the omicron variant is more likely to rapidly unfold across the globe, probably with “extreme penalties.” Since South Africa’s first report, the variant has been detected in a number of nations, together with Canada.

“Eventually, we’re going to see circumstances of this new variant right here in the US,” Biden stated. “Don’t wait. Go get your booster, if it’s time for you to take action. And in case you are not vaccinated, now’s the time to get vaccinated and to take your youngsters to be vaccinated.”


Omicron: Biden says new COVID-19 variant ‘not a trigger for panic

President Joe Biden urged People to get vaccinated as he mentioned the brand new variant omicron.

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Biden made ending the pandemic and getting the economic system and every day life again on observe the highest precedence of his administration. At a Fourth of July celebration this yr, Biden declared the nation was “nearer than ever to declaring our independence from a lethal virus.”

However the extremely contagious delta variant has triggered infections to surge. 

Now Biden is coping with a closely mutated new variant as extra persons are touring and gathering collectively for the vacations. 

In a White Home assembly with the COVID-19 response group Sunday, Dr.  Anthony Fauci informed Biden current vaccines – significantly these augmented with booster pictures – will present safety towards extreme circumstances of COVID-19.

Fauci additionally stated it should take about two extra weeks to get extra definitive data on how simply omicron is unfold, whether or not it causes extra extreme sickness and the way properly vaccines shield towards it.

Biden’s requirement that employees at bigger companies get vaccinated or be frequently examined for the coronavirus is on maintain whereas authorized challenges from conservative states and companies proceed.

The administration introduced final week that 92% of federal staff had acquired at the very least one dose of the vaccine by the Nov. 22 deadline for these employees.

Maureen Groppe has coated Washington for almost three many years and is now a White Home correspondent for USA TODAY. Comply with her on Twitter @mgroppe.


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