Current vaccines expected to be effective in guarding against new variant, omicron

'This is a clarion call' to get vaccinated, say Dr. Anthony Fauci

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November 28, 2021 - 7:57 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo by (Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Abaca Press/TNS)

COVID-19’s omicron variant appears to be more transmissible, reinforcing the need for Americans to get vaccinations or booster shots, U.S. health officials said.

Omicron “is a clarion call” for people to be vaccinated, Anthony Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Infections in the U.S. are already rising and stepped-up prevention with the emergence of the new variant will impact whether Americans are “headed into a bleak or bleaker winter,” he said.

Biden last week restricted U.S. travel links starting Monday with eight African countries including South Africa, where omicron was first identified. After Biden was briefed by his COVID response team and Fauci on Sunday, the White House said the president will provide an update on the U.S. response to omicron on Monday.

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