Biden denies travel ban will cause countries to hide new variants

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President Joe Biden said on Monday he does not believe the travel restrictions he imposed on eight African countries in the hope of slowing the spread of the omicron version of Sars-CoV-2 in the US are prompting other countries to discover new variants. will stop reporting.

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“No, I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Mr. Biden said in the Roosevelt Room of the White House when asked about that possibility after commenting on the new version.

Mr Biden said the reason for the restrictions was a “significant number of cases” in those countries compared to the rest of the world, and said the delays in the spread of Omicron which he and his advisers hope used to give the cause more Time to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19.


“I think it’s almost inevitable that at some point there will be tensions here in the United States, but I don’t think anyone will be reluctant to report,” he said.

The new travel restrictions, which went into effect at 12.01 pm on Monday, were announced by the White House on Friday. They restrict the entry of non-citizen, non-permanent residents into the United States if they are traveling from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia or Zimbabwe, or within two weeks of attempting are in those countries within to enter the US.

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At the time, Mr Biden said the restrictions were being imposed as a “precautionary measure”, and later said that delays in implementing them were in consultation with his COVID-19 response team, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser. Happened after.

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