Biden promised to 'shut down' COVID, maar omicron-variant stel 'n nuwe uitdaging vir admin

Die omicron-variant, volgens die Wêreldgesondheidsorganisasie (WIE) amptenare, het 'n groot aantal mutasies, “waarvan sommige betrekking het.”

President Joe Biden lewer opmerkings oor die skuldplafon tydens 'n geleentheid in die staatseetkamer van die Withuis, Maandag, Okt.. 4, 2021, in Washington.

President Joe Biden lewer opmerkings oor die skuldplafon tydens 'n geleentheid in die staatseetkamer van die Withuis, Maandag, Okt.. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Foto / Evan Vucci)

Op Vrydag, Biden restricted travel from South Africa and seven other countries over concerns of theheavily mutated” variant, which has been identified in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

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Vroeër hierdie week, prior to the implementation of the travel ban, wit Huis Chief of Staff Ron Klain boastfully touted Biden’s handling of the pandemic, telling anyone whowants to have a debate about COVID” aan “bring it on.

Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator, speaks during a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., VS, op Dinsdag, Maart 10, 2020.

Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator, speaks during a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., VS, op Dinsdag, Maart 10, 2020. (Fotograaf: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Let’s be clear: the day we got here, 4000 people a day were dying and one percent of Americans were vaccinated. Vandag, deaths are down 75 persentasie, en amper 200 million Americans are fully vax’ed,” hy gesê in 'n tweet. “We still have a LOT of work to do.

But if anyone wants to have a debate about COVID, bring it on,” Klain added.

According to Biden, he is taking advice on how to deal with the omicron variant from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommended the newly established travel restrictions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direkteur van die Nasionale Instituut vir allergie en aansteeklike siektes, speaks during a Senate Health, Onderwys, Arbeid, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Donderdag, Nov.. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP-foto/Alex Brandon)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direkteur van die Nasionale Instituut vir allergie en aansteeklike siektes, speaks during a Senate Health, Onderwys, Arbeid, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Donderdag, Nov.. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP-foto/Alex Brandon)

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