17 Dec 2021 12:59 pm
US President Biden has called on his compatriots to vaccinate and boost in the face of the increasingly rapid spread of the omicron variant in the USA. Biden warned the unvaccinated that they would be seriously ill or even die in winter.
The corona situation in the USA is deteriorating. In November there were 40 percent more new confirmed corona cases and 18 percent more deaths related to SARS-CoV-2. In addition, according to the health authorities, the omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading more and more and very rapidly in the country.
In view of the spread of Omikron, US President Joe Biden has now urged all vaccinated Americans to get a booster vaccination. At the same time, he warned those who are not vaccinated against a winter full of “serious illnesses and death”.
So Biden said in a brief statement to the press on Thursday after meeting members of the White House’s coronavirus response team:
“The unvaccinated faces a winter of serious illness and death.”
Biden also stated:
“If you are vaccinated and have received a booster vaccination, you are protected from serious illness and death.”
Thanks to the measures taken, Omikron has not spread as quickly as it would otherwise have been possible, added the 79-year-old, “but Omikron is here now and is spreading, and it continues to grow”.
The best protection against Omicron is getting fully vaccinated. If you haven’t gotten the shot yet, now is the time. If you’re over 16 and got vaccinated at least 6 months ago, go get your booster. Head to https://t.co/jlrmakxHWm to find a clinic near you.
President Biden (@POTUS) December 16, 2021
He appealed to everyone who has not yet been vaccinated or has not yet been boosted to do so as soon as possible. Biden emphasized:
“Booster vaccinations work! They are free, safe and well-tolerated. Around 60 million have received one so far. So get yourself vaccinated or boosted today. It’s time, it’s high time!”
He warned the unvaccinated that they would endanger themselves and their families. In addition, in the event of illness, they would bring the hospitals to capacity limits.
The White House responded to the discovery of the new coronavirus variant, which the World Health Organization (WHO) baptized as Omicron in late November, with a travel ban from eight African countries where it was first discovered.
The entry ban came into effect on November 29th. The first US case of the omicron variant was discovered two days later in California in a traveler who had returned from South Africa on November 22nd. By the middle of this week, 36 US states had reported cases with the new SARS-CoV-2 variant. The Omikron variant is currently said to be responsible for three percent of all confirmed infections in the country. More than 90 percent are still based on the delta variant. The US health authority CDC currently reports an average of around 120,000 new corona cases per day.
Authorities around the world consider Omikron to be far more contagious than the Delta variant, which is blamed for the surge in coronavirus deaths in the United States this year. However, the data suggests that symptoms are much milder with Omikron.
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