President Joe Biden on Monday advised Americans to not “panic” over the newly recognized Covid variant Omicron and mentioned he doesn’t foresee new lockdowns or extending journey restrictions for now.
The virus variant, first detected in South Africa however already showing in a number of nations, “is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic,” Biden mentioned.
He confused that the United States was in a very good place to regulate Omicron’s unfold with out having to resort to lockdowns or extra journey bans past restrictions already imposed on eight southern African nations.
“We have more tools today to fight the variant than we’ve ever had before,” he mentioned, including that his chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci expects present vaccines to work towards the brand new variant, with boosters enhancing safety.
“We’ll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion,” Biden mentioned in nationally televised remarks from the White House, flanked by Fauci and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden promised a “detailed strategy” for the combat towards Covid-19 this winter however signaled that Americans is not going to be subjected to burdensome measures.
“Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more,” he mentioned, specifying that he doesn’t see a necessity now for ordering vaccine or testing mandates on home air journey.
The United States, Canada, and the European Union have all severely restricted entry of vacationers from South Africa and 7 different nations within the area. However, Biden additionally mentioned “I don’t anticipate” extra journey bans.
“The degree of the spread impacts on whether or not there’s a need for any travel restrictions,” he mentioned.