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Joe Biden is reassuring in the face of the Omicron variant | Coronavirus

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Omicron is a cause for concern but shouldn’t be a source of panic, he said from the White House at the start of a video conference with about 20 governors and health advisers.

The spread of the highly contagious variant, identified in South Africa in November, will not have the same impact as the first wave of COVID-19 a year ago or the Delta variant this year, the president said, due the massive vaccination campaign and screening.

Because there have been so many vaccinations and third doses, we are not seeing hospitalizations increase as much [qu’avant], said Joe Biden, when 72% of the population received at least one injection.

He admitted, however, that some hospitals in the country were outdated, in terms of equipment and personnel, by an increase in hospitalizations, mostly unvaccinated people who are still numerous.

He also acknowledged the problems caused by the shortage of tests in the face of the rush of Americans who wanted to spend the holiday season with their families.

Seeing that it was so hard for some to have a test last weekend shows that we still have work to do.he admitted, citing the increased number of testing sites and the upcoming federal government distribution of 500 million kits.

This is clearly not enough. If we had known we would have done harder, fasterMr. Biden added.

According to data compiled by the New York Times On Monday, the country recorded 214,499 new cases the day before, a jump of 83% on an average of 14 days, and is approaching the daily record of 251,232 positive cases reached in January 2021.

Several states such as Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, as well as the territory of Puerto Rico, experienced an unprecedented increase in a period of seven days, adds the daily.

In New York, where authorities have seen an increase in the number of children hospitalized in connection with COVID-19, the vaccination obligation for employees of businesses and private businesses in the city came into force Monday morning.

This is what we have to do everywhere in order to stem the pandemic in 2022, said outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio on MSNBC.

Less dangerous for vaccinated people

Asked about public radio NPR, Anthony Fauci, the White House’s main adviser on the fight against the pandemic, hoped that the dizzying rise in positive cases would peak before falling again, as in South Africa.

It is possibly due to saturation, i.e. the variant has reached all vulnerable targets like unvaccinated people, he said.

Dr Anthony Fauci.

Dr Anthony Fauci, senior White House adviser on pandemic response (on file).

Photo: Associated Press / Susan Walsh

The Omicron variant, which is more contagious than the Delta, appears to be less dangerous for people who have received at least two doses of the vaccine, added Anthony Fauci.

We hope that this lesser severity will prevent an increase in hospitalizations, but we are really very worried about the unvaccinated who are vulnerable., he stressed.

The scientist also said he was unfavorable to a new vaccine campaign for a 4th dose, believing that boosters too close together did not allow the immune system to strengthen against the coronavirus.

Right now, get your booster dose, don’t worry about a fourth dose and maybe you’ll never have to worry about it., he said.

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