COVID-19 live updates: Omicron variant will ‘spread widely,’ Fauci warns
Information about COVID-19 live updates: Omicron variant will ‘spread widely,’ Fauci warns
President Joe Biden stressed Monday that the omicron variant is a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic.”
“We’ll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed — not chaos and confusion,” Biden said. “We have more tools today to fight the variant than we ever had before, from vaccines to boosters to vaccines for children.”
If updated vaccines are needed to fight omicron, “we will accelerate their development and deployment with every available tool,” Biden said.
“I want to reiterate Dr. [Anthony] Fauci believes that the current vaccines provide at least some protection” against omicron, “and the booster strengthens that protection significantly,” Biden said.
“We do not yet believe that additional measures will be needed,” Biden said, but his administration is working with Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to develop plans in case.
“Sooner or later” omicron will be in the U.S., the president said.
Biden said his team will release a detailed strategy outlining the fight against COVID-19 this winter. He said there won’t be lockdowns and instead is promoting vaccinations, boosters and testing.
The president said “we need to do more than vaccinate Americans,” adding, “We have to vaccinate the world, as well.”
“We ship for free, more vaccines to other countries than all other countries in the world combined. … Now, we need the rest of the world to step up,” he said.
Biden again emphasized that the best protection is getting vaccinated and urged any adults who were fully vaccinated before June 1 to go get a booster immediately. He also asked Americans to wear masks indoors.