Speaking on behalf of the president, Biden’s chief medical adviser has informed the American citizens that Biden will encourage Americans to get vaccinated and take the booster as well. He will not push for more restrictions to stop the spread of the new variant beyond travel to and from South Africa and seven other countries in the region.
The new variant poses the latest test to Biden’s efforts to contain the pandemic, mitigate its impacts on the economy and return a sense of normalcy to the U.S. during the holiday season.
Other nations were also moving to close their borders or reinstate lockdowns amid a host of other severe measures to prevent the omicron variant from spreading, but Dr. Anthony Fauci indicated that the U.S. was not following suit. Fauci says the ban from travels from South Africa will give the U.S. time to learn more about the variant and to “intensify” its vaccination campaign. Fauci believes that omicron will eventually show up on the U.S. shores and could become the dominant strain since omicron “has a transmissibility advantage” over other variants.