Biden tells Americans variant ‘not a cause for panic’ – follow live

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In his address to the nation on November 29, US President Joe Biden told Americans that the rise of the omicron version of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization says poses a “very high global risk,” is cause for concern. , not a cause for concern. A cause for panic”.

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“The best protection … is being fully vaccinated, and getting a booster shot,” he said, adding that officials are developing “contingency plans” with drugmakers for additional vaccines and ” Booster” dose “if necessary”.

His comments come from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who urged Americans not to “waste” about the variant. “We should be doing the things that we know work when you deal with a pandemic virus,” he told CBS on Monday.


The latest version has not yet been detected in the US, although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it “could be”quickly recognized” if so.

Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said there is “reason to be quite optimistic” about the emergence of the omicron variant among those vaccinating against COVID-19.

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“All other variants that have emerged during this COVID-19 pandemic have shown a response to the vaccine, including Delta,” said Dr. Collins on MSNBC. morning joe on Monday.

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Fauci: ‘We shouldn’t panic’

Biden and health officials have now spread that the US should not panic over the emergence of the latest COVID-19 variant, and have urged Americans to receive vaccinations and booster doses.

“We shouldn’t panic,” Dr. Fauci told CBS on Monday. “When you are dealing with a pandemic virus we must do what we know. This is no time to panic.

He continued: “We should be worried, and our worry drives us to do things we know we want.”

alex woodward29 November 2021 19:58

Vaccines targeting Omicron could take months, says Moderna CEO

The CEO of Moderna has said that it will take months to develop and distribute a vaccine targeting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

But Stefan Bansel told CNBC on Monday that a higher dose of the company’s boosters may be available soon.

BioNTech also announced on Monday that the company has already begun developing a vaccine focused on combating the Omicron variant.

A company spokesperson said, “We understand the concern of experts and have immediately begun investigations into the development of an optimized vaccine along with the Omicron variant as part of our standard procedure for new variants.” Insider.

Omicron COVID Vaccine Could Take Months, Says Moderna CEO

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alex woodward29 November 2021 19:30

Saki: Travel ban to help delay Omicron spread to give US time to prepare

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that the recent announcement of restrictions on travel from several African countries into the US is not punitive, but rather to give officials more time to strengthen their defenses against COVID-19. Is for.

“The aim here is not to punish. It is to protect the American people,” she said.

“This delay is going to help give us the time we need from the health and medical teams to do research, get more people vaccinated and promote more people.”

alex woodward29 November 2021 19:09

GOP blames Biden for omicron undermining vaccines

A statement from the Republican Party blames Biden for spreading the Omicron version despite efforts to undermine vaccines among GOP officials and right-wing figures and networks.

Just yesterday, Republican US Rep. Nancy Mays promoted “natural immunity” on Fox News, then on CNN on vaccines.

editor of a right-wing news outlet Washington Examiner He also appeared on Fox to blame Biden for the lack of a vaccine. While there have been more Covid-19-related deaths in the US in 2021 than in 2020, those deaths are almost all among illiterate Americans.

A CDC study published in September found that people who weren’t fully vaccinated earlier this year were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and die from COVID-19 than those fully vaccinated. 11 times more than those who applied.

alex woodward29 November 2021 18:53

Omicron is in North America, as Canadian officials confirm infection

Canadian health officials announced Sunday that the Omicron variant has reached North America, with two confirmed infections in Ontario.

Ontario health officials Christine Elliott and Kieran Moore said in a joint statement that two people who had recently traveled to Nigeria tested positive for the variant.

“We continue to urge the federal government to take the necessary steps to make arrival point testing mandatory for all travelers, regardless of where they come from, to further protect against the spread of this new variant,” he said in a statement. Have been.” ,

He said Ontario rapid test travelers have been to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Omicron has not been detected in the US.

alex woodward29 November 2021 18:32

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alex woodward29 November 2021 18:10

Biden says lockdown not part of US winter Covid plan

Biden said on Monday that lockdowns and shutdowns are off the table in an upcoming strategy for how the US will deal with any winter wave of Covid-19.

Mr Biden said “the virus will be fought” not with shutdowns, not with lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, tests and more. He said the vaccines and boosters would remain “free” for Americans.

Biden says lockdown not part of US winter Covid plan

Mr Biden says lockdowns are off the table because they are unnecessary as a Covid countermeasure due to the availability of vaccines and masks

alex woodward29 November 2021 18:00

NYC health commissioner says it’s ‘a matter of days’ before Omicron is detected

New York City Health Commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi said the city’s COVID-19 surveillance and testing program would likely be able to determine Omicron’s arrival “quite rapidly.”

“We believe this is very likely before Omicron is detected in the United States and in New York City,” he said during a briefing on Monday.

The city was a Covid epicenter at the start of the pandemic, as researchers determined there was a potential for community transmission by the end of February 2020.

According to city health statistics, about 76 percent of the city’s residents have been vaccinated, and more than 69 percent have been fully vaccinated.

98 percent of new confirmed infections are from the delta variant.

alex woodward29 November 2021 17:53

Biden not ruling out US travel restrictions in view of Omicron version: ‘We’ll see’

Joe Biden did not rule out the possibility of further travel restrictions to combat or delay the spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19.

Effective today, the US has temporarily suspended travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The new policy does not apply to US citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Biden not ruling out US travel restrictions in view of Omicron version: ‘We’ll see’

President Joe Biden did not rule out the possibility of further travel restrictions to combat or delay the spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19 at a news conference on Monday.

alex woodward29 November 2021 17:38

Health officials ‘already working’ on ‘contingency plans’ if more vaccine response against Omicron is needed

Biden said given the unlikely event that Omicron needs more vaccine response, US health officials will “accelerate their development and deployment and every available tool.”

“We do not believe additional measures are needed,” he said, but the White House is “already working with drugmakers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to develop a “contingency plan” for vaccines and boosters “if needed”. is just working”.

alex woodward29 November 2021 17:09


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