THE US President Joe Biden assured tonight that the country is “ready” to face the Omicron variant, reiterating that there is no reason to “panic”, at least for vaccinated Americans.
«We should all be worried about Omicron, not panic“We are no longer in March 2020. We are ready,” he said. He also noted that it is possible for schools to remain open, from kindergartens to high schools. Compared to the beginning of the pandemic, Biden noted that there are “three major differences”: vaccines, the abundance of personal protective equipment for nursing staff in hospitals, and the accumulated knowledge about the virus.
Biden described vaccination as a “patriotic duty”, warning the unvaccinated that they are endangering themselves and their loved ones. “If you are not fully vaccinated, you have reason to worry,” he told the White House, announcing his plan to purchase 500 million rapid tests for Covid-19, which will be distributed free of charge to Americans who wish to do so. in January.
The Omicron variant, he noted, is spreading faster than one might think. Vaccinated Covid-19 sufferers may get sick but are protected from serious illness and death and should feel comfortable celebrating Christmas and their holiday as planned.
As for travel restrictions imposed by the US in several African countries, Biden said he was considering lifting them and would discuss the issue with his advisers in the coming days. Arrivals to the United States for travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi are currently prohibited.