NIH director: New Covid-19 variant ‘ought to redouble’ vaccination and mitigation efforts

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“It’s certainly not good news. We don’t know yet how much of an impact it will have. It should redouble our efforts, the equipment we have, the vaccinations and boosters, and to make sure that we NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins told Granthshala’s Dana Bash, referring to the new version on “State of the Union” called Omicron, which is reaching the rest of the world as well.

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“It also means that we need to focus on mitigation strategies that people are really sick with, such as wearing masks indoors with other people who can’t be vaccinated and that social distancing,” he said. The issue of distance has to be maintained,” he said. “We have to use all kinds of tools in our toolbox to prevent (Omicron) from getting into a situation that makes it worse.”

Collins’ comments come as public health experts, including those working in the Biden administration, are still trying to learn more about the new variant, which is circulating in southern Africa and found in Europe and Asia. . President Joe Biden said on Friday that the US would restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday in an effort to stop the new version from spreading to the US.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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