Covid: Biden says he should beat the Omicron variant, “we have to switch it off worldwide” – live | US news
We’ll now focus on the coronavirus task force briefing, where public health officials provide an update on the Omicron variant.
The CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky, begins by reminding Americans that much of the coverage has focused on the Omicron variant, but almost all new cases in the United States have been caused by the Delta variant.
DR Anthony Fauci, The president’s senior medical adviser urged Americans to get vaccinated. While more information is needed to better understand the transferability and severity of the variant, Fauci said there was strong evidence that vaccines would provide some protection and cited in vitro studies that suggested the boosters ” Antibody titers against a wide range “increase of variants.”
“There is every reason to believe that with a vaccination and booster, you will have at least some cross-protection, very likely against serious illnesses, even the Omicron variant.” he said.
“The Omicron variant is a cause for concern, not panic,” said Jeff Zients, the President’s Covid-19 Response Coordinator, adding that vaccines “clearly remain our primary tool”.
He said the US was making progress: 2.2 million shots were administered Thursday, the highest total in a day since May.
Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general, outlined the government’s efforts to educate Americans about the importance of vaccines and combat the misinformation circulating on the internet and social media.
He said the government is determined to try all forms of communication – email, phone banking, text messages, podcasts, letters, social media, newspaper ads – “anything but carrier pigeons,” he said. The information is also published in multiple languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Haitian Creole, Arabic, and Russian.
“The goal really is to leave no stone unturned when trying to reach people with life-saving information,” he said.
He also urged parents to vaccinate their children, as he did with his five-year-old son. He said his son was nervous about getting the injection but “everyone smiles afterwards”.