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President Biden getting updates on Omicron variant -White House

CoronavirusNov 27, 2021 03:20PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been briefed on the latest situation regarding the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, the White House said on Saturday, as Britain, Germany and Italy reported detecting cases.

Biden, who is spending Thanksgiving with his family in Nantucket, Massachusetts, told 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 first detected in South Africa this week, leading countries around the globe, including the United States, to impose travel restrictions on the southern African nation and at least seven others in the region.

No cases of Omicron have been identified in the United States to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The agency expects that it would identify the variant quickly, if it emerges in the U.S.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, said on NBC's "Weekend TODAY" show 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 said.

The vice president told reporters on Saturday that the administration will take it "one step at a time," when asked about additional travel restrictions. "For now we've done what we think is necessary," Harris said.

The White House said senior health officials and its COVID response team have been monitoring the latest updates on Omicron and have been in regular touch with health officials around the world.

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

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Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Nov 28, 2021 7:49AM ET
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Joe is on top of this like a misplaced street curb.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Nov 28, 2021 4:42AM ET
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old joe is on the case...we got this people!
David CA
ILoveQE Nov 28, 2021 3:56AM ET
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Just in time for pre-printed mail in ballots and ballot harvesting in preparation for the 2022 elections. Plus...more stimmy checks (more US Central Bank currency printing), stay at home watch Netflix, eat fatty foods and don't workout.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Nov 28, 2021 3:56AM ET
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Dont forget to swing by the dispensary so you can enjoy true happiness.
James Pattison
James Pattison Nov 27, 2021 11:50PM ET
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Lowest approval rating
Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson Nov 27, 2021 9:56PM ET
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https://rumble.com/vpsyg4-south-africas-highest-court-set-to-free-the-continent-from-the-new-world-or.html
David David
David9 Nov 27, 2021 9:56PM ET
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This case will get thrown put pretty quickly... the virus is serious with millions of deaths worldwide.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Nov 27, 2021 8:47PM ET
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never let a crisis go to waste!
David David
David9 Nov 27, 2021 8:44PM ET
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Dr. Fauci has a lifetime of experience. If he said something, you better believe him. Don't listen to the propaganda news media that tries to divide and spread misinformation. This virus is serious and is life and death situation, so better listen, take vaccines, wear a mask, keep a distance and stay away from large gatherings. This is serious thing... it is not about freedom to do this or that, or you are getting controlled by government. It is non of those 🥣 🦀... just do your thing to contain the virus.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Nov 27, 2021 8:34PM ET
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It’s from the South African Medical Association. It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home", Coetzee told the news agency. The official also added that the hospitals are not yet overburdened with the patients carrying this variant. Coetzee said that the variant won't affect people who are fully vaccinated but the situation 'might be different' for the unvaccinated.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Nov 27, 2021 7:36PM ET
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Who skipped Nu, Xi because Xi is also Chia pres. it shows WHO is c/r ap.
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Nov 27, 2021 7:24PM ET
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Joe is planning his $2T Omicron stimulus package for quick passage in house and senate.
Ric Hoop
Ric Hoop Nov 27, 2021 7:01PM ET
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Hes not the president
David David
David9 Nov 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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That is why we need proper shutdown, vaccinations, masks, and social distancing.
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David9 Nov 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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Aaron Pierett it does work if everyone does it. it only takes one or two people that don't want to follow to messed it up for all.
rob Tucker
rob Tucker Nov 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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lol....sheepoole
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Nov 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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David David what a , ahh never mind. We cant get through to people like this. Some people are so scared to live, what a life
Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy Johnson Nov 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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I guess the vaccines haven't worked that well?
James Pattison
James Pattison Nov 27, 2021 6:02PM ET
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We need a shut down on your propaganda
John Tierney
John Tierney Nov 27, 2021 5:55PM ET
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Yawn nothing changes.
Jamie An
Jamie An Nov 27, 2021 4:58PM ET
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Biden is giving fears to public to get low oil price, manage the inflation. Drug makers officially announced they are studying already and even they can produce first vaccine within 100days if it is necessary. Look back in last year, the first Covid vaccine took times for publishing almost 12 months. Dirty Democrates is using virus for their political interests.
Jamie An
Jamie An Nov 27, 2021 4:58PM ET
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I really want to know Democrate's stock trading history before Friday. It smells scam.
Jeff Chevalier
Jeff Chevalier Nov 27, 2021 4:58PM ET
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Lol, you think republicans don't trade stocks?
John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 27, 2021 4:58PM ET
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Jeff Chevalier  Republicans aren’t in power and have no control over Covid related media bombs.. this dysfunctional phase of the ‘Rona saga belongs 100% to the fascist dems..
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Investing ComNineTeen Nov 27, 2021 4:54PM ET
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Time to move on with our lives.
Dan Pickens
Dan Pickens Nov 27, 2021 4:49PM ET
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Control, control, control….thats all the Dems want…..this is their next opportunity. Pretty sure all or most of them sold out on Wednesday before the rest of us got the news.
John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 27, 2021 4:49PM ET
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Of course they did. It’s what they do. Just ask Nancy.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Nov 27, 2021 4:38PM ET
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According to South African doctors, the symptoms are less dangerous than the existing Delta variant. Thanks for nothing WHO
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Nov 27, 2021 4:38PM ET
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Symptoms are unusual but mild.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Nov 27, 2021 4:38PM ET
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They never give us info like its less dangerous , they just pump thats its so contageous.
John Laurens
John Laurens Nov 27, 2021 4:31PM ET
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Ooooh - the pants pooper is getting “updates”.. that’s super encouraging..
Mox Mox
Mox Mox Nov 27, 2021 3:49PM ET
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real headline: President Boden falls sleep while his radical health advisors cry wolf again. I'm the end Boden woke up to find his pants soiled again.
Mox Mox
Mox Mox Nov 27, 2021 3:49PM ET
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in* the end....And Biden*
DJ Car
DJ Car Nov 27, 2021 3:29PM ET
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Here is an update for the unhinged liberal media that's fear mongering over this. Pfizer already out with ability to update its vaccine IF the strain is resilient.
Leon Kelly
Leon Kelly Nov 27, 2021 3:20PM ET
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Is it deadlier? if not, life goes on
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Nov 27, 2021 3:02PM ET
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Covid cases in S Africa are at all time low. If this is what Fauci, the gov, media said, then Covid is exploding there. The numbers dont agree. Either they r d# or they think we r that d#
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Nov 27, 2021 2:54PM ET
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The media,rich, give manipulate the markets. If this mutant ‘fast spreading’ then south africa cases sky rocket, but their covid cases are at near all time low.
William Smith
William Smith Nov 27, 2021 2:51PM ET
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Why bother, he knows not what they tell him. Plus he has already shown himself to be a racist by banning flights from Africa.
Frank Olivarez
Frank Olivarez Nov 27, 2021 2:28PM ET
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