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Biden’s three messages on the new Omicron variant

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US President Joe Biden, flanked by Dr.Anthony Fauci (right), delivers remarks to provide an update on the Omicron variant in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 29, 2021 (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

President Biden highlighted three messages in his address to Americans on the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus:

The variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.

“We have the best vaccine in the world, the best drugs, the best scientists, and we are learning more every day,” he said on Monday. “We will fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable action and speed, not chaos and confusion.”

The best protection against Omicron is the vaccine.

“I know you are fed up with hearing me say this, the best protection against this new variant or any of the existing variants, the ones we’ve been dealing with before, is to get fully immunized and get a booster. “, did he declare. noted.

If you’re 18 or older and got fully immunized before June 1, go for the booster today, he told Americans.

“They are free and available in 80,000 locations coast to coast,” he added. “Don’t wait. Go get your booster if it’s time for you to do so.”

He also stressed that children aged 5 and over should be vaccinated.

If vaccines need to be updated to fight Omicron, the United States will act quickly.

Scientists are currently fighting to determine whether existing vaccines provide adequate protection against the Omicron variant. Otherwise, Biden said the United States will move quickly to update its vaccine supplies.

“In the hopefully unlikely event that updated vaccinations or boosters are required to respond to this new variant, we will accelerate their development and deployment with all available tools,” he said.

“We do not yet believe that further measures will be necessary,” he added. “But to ensure that we are prepared, if necessary, my team is already working with officials from Pfizer and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to develop contingency plans for vaccines or boosters if necessary.”

“I will also ask the FDA and CDC to use the fastest process available without cutting corners for safety to get such vaccines approved and to the market if necessary.”