PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to deliver a speech today, November 29, in regards to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
His Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has urged Americans to do whatever they can to avoid spreading the new variant.
What time is Joe Biden's speech today?
On Monday, November 29, 2021, President Joe Biden is set to deliver a speech updating the nation on COVID-19.
The speech is scheduled for 11.45am ET.
Biden is expected to address the Omicron variant, and encourage Americans to continue to get vaccinated as well as receiving their booster shots.
Travel restrictions for non-US travellers from eight different countries are put into place today, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
The restrictions include the travel of those "physically present" in the countries during the "14-day period preceding their entry, or attempted entry into the United States."
Certain people are exempted from the restrictions, such as US citizens, lawful permanent residents and noncitizens who are the spouses of citizens or permanent residents.
At 3.45pm ET, the President is expected to speak "on his Administration’s work to strengthen the nation’s supply chains, lower everyday costs for families, and ensure that shelves are well-stocked this holiday," according to his public schedule.
What has Joe Biden said about the Omicron variant?
While not much is known about the new variant of COVID-19, the President has taken to his social media accounts to update Americans on his plan of action so far.
On Friday, November 26, 2021, Biden took to his Twitter to announce his plan for travel restrictions.
He wrote: "The @WHO has identified a new COVID variant which is spreading through Southern Africa. As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries."
The President followed up urging Americans to get vaccinated, writing: "As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises. For now the best way to strengthen your protection if you’re already vaccinated is to get a booster shot, immediately. For those not yet fully vaccinated: get vaccinated today."
"For the world community: this news is a reminder that this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations," he continued.
"The U.S. has already donated more vaccines to other countries than every other country combined. It is time for other countries to match our speed and generosity."
What has Dr. Anthony Fauci said about the Omicron variant?
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been making his rounds across various forms of news broadcasts and media, warning of the potential dangers of the Omicron variant and urging Americans to do "anything and everything" they can to avoid spreading the virus.
On Monday, November 29, 2021, Fauci appeared on Good Morning America to express concern about the variant.
"Obviously, we're on high alert," he said.
"It's inevitable that, sooner or later, it's going to spread widely because it has at least the molecular characteristics of being highly transmissible," he continued.
"Even though there are a lot of things about it that we do not know but will be able to ascertain in the next week or two."
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