The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has appeared this Monday before the press to send a message of calm to the population before the appearance of Ómicron, the latest new variant of the coronavirus. The president who arrived at the White House with the country mired in the pandemic has declared that there is reason for “concern but not for panic.” “We have the best vaccine in the world, the best medicines, the best scientists and we learn every day,” said Biden.
After last weekend Washington announced airport entry restrictions to eight countries in southern Africa, the White House wanted to announce this Monday that its fight against the coronavirus – and the eventual existence in the country of the appearance of the variant Ómicron- will be based on “scientific and informed actions, not chaos and confusion”.
More than 80% of American adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and about 60% have the full vaccination schedule. With these figures, the democrat has declared that he is aware that the population will be tired of hearing him always say the same thing. However, he insisted: “the best protection against this new variant or any of the variants that exist, with which we have already been dealing, is to be fully vaccinated and receive a booster injection.”
Biden has spoken with Vice President Kamala Harris and the chief epidemiologist of the Government, Anthony Fauci, to announce, in addition, that he did not consider necessary the entry into force of new restrictions before the appearance of Ómicron. In Fauci’s view, current vaccines have some degree of protection against the new variant, and people who inject the booster are even safer against the virus.
According to the president, the United States is in a much better situation now than it was a year ago last Christmas. But apart from his reassuring message calling for calm, Biden wanted to make it clear that we must remain vigilant because “sooner or later” the Omicron variant will be in the country. “The best strategy for this winter,” the Democrat reported, “is for everyone to get vaccinated, it’s free, and there are more than 80,000 immunization points from coast to coast” across the nation. “Don’t wait,” Biden reiterated. Those who have not been vaccinated, do so. Those who have been vaccinated before June 1, who request the reinforcement puncture. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 should be vaccinated as well. That has been the announcement of the president.
On November 8 and after 20 months of international isolation, the United States lifted travel restrictions for all tourists who are not US citizens, or legal permanent residents, or travel to the United States with an immigrant visa as long as they are vaccinated. against covid-19. The requirements imposed by Washington on visitors benefit tourists from 33 countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom, China, India and Brazil but harm all those travelers from countries that have been immunized with a vaccine not admitted by the WHO or the FDA, the US drug regulator Accepts Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. Not worth Sputnik V.
Last Saturday, and after knowing cases of the new mutation in South Africa, the White House ordered the restriction of entry to the United States of flights from eight African countries. “I was briefed on the Omicron variant by the chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and members of our covid response team,” Biden said in a statement at the time. These new restrictions have come into effect on Monday. The countries affected by the restrictions are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa.
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