Joe Biden warned that the Omicron strain will arrive in the US but ruled out re-applying restrictions on circulation

US President Joe Biden at the White House, Washington, USA, November 23, 2021. REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, defended this Monday the suspension of flights with South Africa by the Omicron variant, which according to the first investigations is highly transmissible and demands that governments take urgent measures to stop the infections in their territories.

At a press conference at the White House, the Democratic president said that the new variant “” is cause for concern, but not for panic “.

“We will fight this variant with scientific actions and with knowledge and speed, not with chaos and confusion,” he said. “Today we have more tools than ever to combat it, from vaccines to boosters and vaccines for children.”

Biden recalled how the United States was battling the first variant of COVID-19 last year and then how it was also hit by the Delta.

The US president also encouraged the population to receive the complete vaccine against COVID-19; those who have not received the booster dose and those who refuse to receive it.

“Vaccines are free and available in 80,000 locations from coast to coast. A person on the booster dose is the most protected against COVID-19, “he said.

And he reiterated: “Don’t wait. Go find your reinforcement, it’s time to do it. And if you are not vaccinated, now is the time to get vaccinated and bring your children to get vaccinated“.

So far, no cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in the United States. However, Biden said the first contagion can occur at any time.

Sooner or later, we will see new cases of this new variant here in the United States and we will have to face this new threat just as we faced those that came before”, He warned.

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