Joe Biden (US President) announced Monday that he would release a detailed plan to “fight Covid” this winter. Keep calm at a time when there are increasing concerns about COVID-19, the Omicron variant of Omicron, and other global issues.
The President stated that his government will take action on the Omicron variant, “not through a shutdown or lockdown, but through a wider range of vaccinations, boosters, tests, etc.”
Biden said to White House reporters: “This variant of panic is worrying, but not panic.”
Omicron was discovered for the first time in South Africa. However, it quickly spread to Europe and Canada. Friday’s WHO classification of the COVID-19 strain was “variant of concern”, as there are many mutations that could make the virus more contagious. Biden announced the travel ban in South Africa and seven other nations just hours after Friday’s WHO announcement.
Some world leaders have criticized the travel ban, including the President and Mrs. of South Africa. They said that the restrictions were “unreasonable” as well as “unfair discrimination” against South Africa and other countries of the southern African region. Biden claimed that the travel ban is being put in place to allow the United States to move quickly and to encourage more people who are vaccinated to do so.
The President reiterated that stricter measures such as closures and lockdowns are “not considered for the time being…because if people are vaccinated and wear masks, there is no need for lockdowns.”
Biden stressed that although there have been no confirmed Omicron cases in the United States, Biden said that because of its high spread, it is almost certain that it will.
Biden advocated the use of masks in an effort to fight the virus. But he did not encourage local and state officials to reinstate rules regarding masks. Many cities and states have eliminated the mask requirement, including Washington DC.
He stated, “I encourage everyone wear a mask when they’re crowded indoors.”