Biden – Omicron Spreads – Winter of Serious Illness and Death Comes for the Unvaccinated

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Joe Biden warned on Thursday that the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus is “here”, as its cases have been confirmed in 36 US states, and that it will “spread much faster” than any other, calling on the Americans to vaccinate those who have already acted to receive their booster dose as soon as possible.

“The only real protection is to inject yourself,” said the US president, predicting that “a winter of serious illness and death” awaits those who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Mr Biden was speaking to reporters after a meeting on the new coronavirus pandemic because he said he wanted to “send a direct message to the Americans”.

And this was how it is of “utmost importance” for the immunized to receive their boosting dose and for the rest to hurry to “make the first dose”.

Earlier, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karin Jean-Pierre had hinted that the federal government was not considering any restrictive measures, preferring to focus on vaccination.

“The tools we have are working,” he said.

The G7 ministers of health called for co-operation on Thursday ahead of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, which they described as “the biggest threat to global public health today”.

The pandemic outbreak attributed to the new variant is spreading around the world, while travel restrictions are multiplying, especially in Europe.

The United States – the country hardest hit by the new global coronavirus pandemic (more than 802,000 dead) – is currently recording an average of 1,150 deaths from COVID-19 complications per day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US federal public health agency.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, AFP, Reuters

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