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.
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.
Biden says "there's no need for a lockdown" with Omicron: "I expect the new normal to be, everyone ends up getting vaccinated and the booster shot, so we reduce the number of people who aren't protected to such a low degree that we're not seeing the spread of these viruses" pic.twitter.com/jBNKmln1cL
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 29, 2021
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.
CEO Albert Bourla says Pfizer has already started to develop a new COVID vaccine amid threat from Omicron variant.
Bourla says it can be completed in less than 100 days. pic.twitter.com/gfEXPm4aCv
— The Recount (@therecount) November 29, 2021
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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