Cause of Concern, but no need of Panic: Biden addresses the US

Biden added, “It is inevitable that the new variant would reach the US, but the country has the tools necessary to protect Americans particularly the approved vaccines and booster shots with it”

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International: US President Joe Biden has called the new coronavirus variant ‘omicron’ as a major cause for concern but it must ‘not cause a panic”. The president does not consider any lockdown in the USA for now.

The President was speaking at the white house on Monday, He said, “it is inevitable that the new variant would reach the US, but the country has the tools necessary to protect Americans particularly the approved vaccines and booster shots with it”. Biden asserted trust in Vaccines.

He added, “America will face this new threat just as we’ve faced those that have come before it.” He requested 80 million Americans aged 5 and up to get their shots, and for the rest of the country to seek out booster shots six months after their second dose.

In the brief, Biden was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the president’s COVID-19 adviser. Fauci hopes that scientists hope to know in the next week or two how well the existing COVID-19 vaccines stand against the variant, and how dangerous it is compared to earlier strains like delta and Beta.

Noting that the new variant, like earlier ones, sprang up overseas in areas with lower vaccination rates, Biden considered that it is both a moral and in America’s self-interest to speed up global vaccinations to avoid more variants as virus finds escaping tricks.

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