Covid-19: Lockdowns over the Omicron Variant aren’t necessary right now – Joe Biden
The Omicron Covid variant is a “cause for alarm, not panic,” according to US President Joe Biden, who also stated that the US does not need to be on lockdown over it.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that Biden said there was no need for a lockdown “for now” after the strain was discovered in North America, adding, “if people are vaccinated and wear their masks”.
There have been cases discovered in Canada, and the United States has placed travel restrictions on eight African nations, including South Africa.
Despite vaccine development and Biden’s electoral pledge to “shut down” the virus, more Americans died from Covid this year than throughout Donald Trump’s presidency. At the White House on Monday, November 29, the president called it “almost inevitable” that the Omicron strain, will be found in the US “at some point”
He added that vaccine companies are creating “contingency plans” for new vaccines “if needed”.
The Omicron strain was detected in two patients who had just been to Nigeria, according to Canada, the US’s northern neighbor.
Omicron Variant has also been labeled a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, albeit it is unclear if it is linked to increased transmission or an increased risk of vaccine evasion.
Following Biden’s travel ban from Southern Africa, critics accused him of accusing former President Donald Trump of “hysterical xenophobia” when Trump restricted travel from China in January 2020 as the coronavirus swept across the US.