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WATCH: Biden Explains Why Lockdowns Aren’t The Plan For Omicron Variant

WATCH: Biden Explains Why Lockdowns Aren’t The Plan For Omicron Variant

The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has researchers concerned, and experts around the world are currently looking into exactly what we can expect from this new strain, and what new precautions may be necessary to protect the population. However, President Joe Biden says that one precaution that people worry about is not, at least for now, on the table: lockdowns.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 29: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting with his COVID-19 response team, including U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Anthony Fauci (R), Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, at the White House on November 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The World Health Organization designated it a variant of concern after South African health officials discovered the variant last week. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

While there are some travel limitations being imposed by various countries, including the United States, in order to limit the movement of the new strain around the globe, President Biden says that Americans shouldn’t be concerned that lockdowns — closing businesses, limiting when people can leave their homes or gather — will become the new normal, or that new lockdowns are on the table for the response to this new strain.

Instead, Biden says he believes that the “new normal” will be that the majority of the population will get vaccinated and take booster shots as necessary, and that this will result in enough control of the pandemic to offer protection.

Notably, new vaccines to address this variant are already underway, and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says that a version aimed at the Omicron variant could be produced in as little as 100 days.

According to U.S. Facts, about 70% of the United States population had, as of November 24th, received at least one dose, and about 60% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a number that’s growing as vaccine availability expands to include younger children.

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