The president was briefed on the matter by Dr. Anthony Fauci and the White House response team to COVID-19.

WASHINGTON DC – The President of the United States, Joe Biden, met this Sunday when he returned from his vacation with his adviser for medical issues, Anthony Fauci, and with the White House response team to COVID-19 to discuss the resulting situation. of the Omicron variant and this morning he plans to address the country from the White House.

Biden had been on vacation since Tuesday on the luxurious island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by his family at the mansion of a billionaire friend of his.

During these last days, the president was in permanent virtual contact with Fauci and the rest of his advisers on the variant identified in South Africa, and once he returned to Washington this Sunday he met personally with them, the White House reported in a release.

Fauci, who since Friday has been the visible face in the US to respond to the threats posed by the Omicron variant, informed the president that the scientific community expects to take another two weeks to obtain definitive information on the transmissibility, severity and other characteristics of the strain.

In addition, he reiterated his position that booster doses of vaccines are the best protection against COVID-19 and that all adults should receive one as soon as possible if they were vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna six months or more ago or if vaccinated with Johson & Johnson two months ago or more.


The White House indicated that Biden will offer more information on the new variant and the response of the US government on Monday.

On the same day, the restrictions to enter the United States will take effect for travelers who during the last fourteen days have been in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi and Eswatini.

The restrictions will not affect US citizens or lawful permanent residents, as well as their husbands or wives.

For its part, the US State Department recommends that its citizens not travel to these eight African countries.

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