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Biden sought to reassure Americans about Omicron.

Added 11-29-21 12:40:04pm EST - “The variant has yet to be detected in the United States.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Biden calls Omicron a ‘cause for concern, not a cause for panic.’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden sought to reassure the nation on Monday about the worrisome new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, telling Americans that his administration is already working with vaccine manufacturers to modify vaccines and booster shots, should that prove necessary.

“This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic,” the president said, adding, “I’m sparing no effort, removing all roadblocks to keep the American people safe.”

Mr. Biden has already restricted travel from eight nations, including South Africa, from coming to the United States, a move that experts said would buy the United States time in determining how to respond. But it will likely be a week, possibly two weeks, before experts know more about the new variant. It has mutations that scientists fear could make it more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines — though evidence to support those fears has yet to be established.

Despite significant questions about the variant itself, countries around the world have rushed to defend against its spread, with a cascade of border closures and travel restrictions that recalled the earliest days of the pandemic. The variant has yet to be detected in the United States.

“We’re learning more about this new variant every single day,” he said, “and as we learn more, we’re going to share that information with the American people candidly and promptly.”

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