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President Biden getting updates on Omicron alternative -White House By Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have actually been informed on the most recent circumstance relating to the brand-new Omicron version of COVID-19, the White House stated on Saturday, as Britain, Germany and Italy reported identifying cases.

Biden, who is costs Thanksgiving with his household in Nantucket, Massachusetts, informed press reporters on Friday, “We don’t know a lot about the variant except that it is of great concern, seems to spread rapidly.”

Omicron was very first identified in South Africa today, leading nations around the world, consisting of the United States, to enforce travel constraints on the southern African country and a minimum of 7 others in the area.

No cases of Omicron have actually been determined in the United States to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Friday. The firm anticipates that it would determine the alternative rapidly, if it emerges in the U.S.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading transmittable illness expert, stated on NBC’s “Weekend TODAY” reveal on Saturday, “I would not be surprised if it is.”

“When you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and other places, when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over,” Fauci stated.

The vice president informed press reporters on Saturday that the administration will take it “one step at a time,” when inquired about extra travel constraints. “For now we’ve done what we think is necessary,” Harris stated.

The White House stated senior health authorities and its COVID action group have actually been keeping track of the most recent updates on Omicron and have actually remained in routine touch with health authorities all over the world.

(Reporting Nandita Bose; composing by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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