Biden said it will take 14 days for the United States to know the effect of omicron

The White House’s chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci told U.S President Joe Biden that it will take at least about two weeks to have final information on omicron coronavirus variant.

Dr. Fauci, who had previously said that omicron will “inevitably” reach the United States, President Biden met on Sunday with his Covid-19 response team to update him on the latest developments related to the new variant.

“It will take about two more weeks to have more definitive information on the transferability, severity and other characteristics of the variant,” said Dr. Fauci to Mr Biden, according to a White House statement.

Dr. Fauci argued that the “existing vaccines are likely to provide a degree of protection against severe cases of Covid.” He also strongly urged all vaccinated adults to get booster shots as soon as possible and asked the unvaccinated to be fully vaccinated against the virus.

The president was briefed as he is expected to provide more updates on the potentially more contagious omicron variant on Monday, the White House said.

Sir. Biden announced Friday travel restrictions for foreign nationals who had traveled to South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia or Zimbabwe within the last 14 days and warned Americans against traveling to these nations.

U.S. citizens and other permanent residents will still be able to enter the United States, and no new tracking and screening requirements have been introduced so far.

The decision to impose travel restrictions came as the Biden administration faced criticism over delays in following the leadership of other countries that had implemented restrictions with immediate effect. Sir. Biden withdrew, saying it was “because it was the recommendation of my medical team.”

Coronavirus variants B.1.1.529, christened omicron by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been shown to have as many as 32 mutations in its tip protein. These include E484A, K417N and N440K which are associated with helping virus to escape detection from antibodies. Another mutation, N501Y, appears to increase the virus’ ability to access our cells, making it more transmissible.

The variant was first discovered Botswana on 11 November, where 19 cases have now been registered. The B.1.1.529 variant was discovered and announced by the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases on 25 November.

In the wake of the discovery of the new tribe, in addition to the United States, Australia, countries in Europe and Asia, they have also tightened their border restrictions and banned flights from South Africa and its neighboring countries.

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