Omicron Variant Coming to the US Says, Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that if more rigorous vaccination and booster measures are not undertaken, the United States might see a return of viral infections.
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the omicron COVID-19 version would "inevitably" make its way to the United States, which has already been found in numerous other nations.
Fauci was asked whether authorities had spotted the newly discovered variation in the United States during an appearance on ABC's "This Week," where host George Stephanopoulos raised the question.
I can assure you that this has not been the case. We have a very effective monitoring system."
"However, as we all know, when you have a virus that has spread to numerous nations, it will inevitably get here," Fauci, who serves as President Biden's main medical advisor, responded to the question.
During the interview, Fauci also stated that travel limitations enforced by the Biden administration and other countries might afford governments more time to effectively react to omicron, which the World Health Organization recently classified as a "variant of concern."
... When dealing with a highly transmissible virus, travel restrictions are unlikely to prevent the infection from entering the nation."
"There is just no way that will happen," Fauci said.
"However, what you can do is postpone it long enough for us to be better prepared."
And it is something that everyone should be aware of.
As he continued, "If you're going to execute a travel restriction the way we have, take advantage of the time that you're buying to fill up any holes that may exist," he said.
Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that it would take weeks for experts to determine if COVID-19 vaccinations are successfully guarding against the new variety.
"If you've already acquired antibodies against [COVID-19] via infection or vaccination, the concern is whether those antibodies will still bind to this form of the spike protein or if they will be able to dodge that protection.
We need to find out, albeit it will take two or three weeks in both laboratory and field investigations, to figure out the answer.
"And that's what all of us as scientists want to know," Collins said emphatically.