Biden: “We will fight science and speed” on Omicron’s first confirmation… urge to vaccinate

Residents line up for a long line at a vaccination center in Washington, D.C., amid the outbreak of the new mutation Omicron on the 29th (local time). © AFP=News1 © News1 Reporter Dongmyeong Woo

U.S. President Joe Biden said, “We will fight this mutation with science and speed, not with chaos and confusion,” said U.S. President Joe Biden in connection with the first case of infection with the Omicron mutation in the United States on the 1st (local time). ” he said.

“This new mutation is a cause of concern, not a cause of panic,” Biden said in a speech at the White House on the same day.

The CDC confirmed the first case of Omicron in California today. It is said that the infected person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on the 22nd of last month and had completed all vaccinations. After testing positive, the infected person had recovered from mild symptoms and was self-isolating, and all those in close contact tested negative.

“We have the best vaccines, drugs and scientists in the world,” Biden said. “We’re learning more every day.”

“The best protection against omicron mutations is the booster shot,” Biden said.

“Currently, about 135 million Americans are eligible for the booster shot, but so far only about 40 million have received the booster shot,” he said. Then, go get a booster shot today.”

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, now is the time to take your children and get them vaccinated,” he said.

Regarding the announcement of the winter coronavirus response plan, including the Omicron response scheduled for February 2, President Biden said, “I will present the next steps to be taken to combat the coronavirus this winter through broader vaccinations, boosters and testing, rather than lockdown or containment. ” he said.

White House Corona 19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zienz also issued a statement on the same day, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Omicron mutation. “It was a matter of time,” he said. “With science and speed, we are ready to meet this challenge.”

“The president’s medical team continues to believe that existing vaccines will provide some degree of protection against severe disease caused by omicrons, and individuals who receive booster shots will receive even greater protection,” he said. “We urge all adults to get the booster shot, and if they and their children have not yet been vaccinated,” he said.

“This new mutation is causing a constant vigilance rather than a panic,” he said. “We know what is needed to limit the spread of coronavirus. Get vaccinated, get booster shots, and take public health measures like masks and social distancing,” he said.

“We will remain unchanging in the fight against this virus,” he said. “We will continue to be guided by science and proven public health measures to keep people safe.”


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