Politics Fauci says omicron variant will 'inevitably' hit US
'Counterproductive': Gottlieb Pans U.S. Travel Ban on African Countries Over Omicron Variant
Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that "harsh travel restrictions" will affect efforts to control the spread of the new variant.Gottlieb wrote on Twitter that it is "good" that the world is taking Omicron seriously as it prepares to combat the new variant, but warned that imposing strict travel restrictions will backfire.
Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the omicron COVID-19 variant will "inevitably" hit the United States, noting that it has already been detected in several other countries.
During an interview on ABC's "This Week," anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Fauci if the newly detected omicron variant had been detected by officials in the U.S.
"No, we have not, George, and we have a pretty good surveillance system. But as we all know, when you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here," Fauci, who serves as President Biden's chief medical adviser, answered.
Sen Rand Paul launches fresh salvo at Fauci
In an interview with CBS News, President Biden 's chief medical adviser also dismissed Republican criticism of his work as 'lies' and agreed with the notion that the GOP was using him as a scapegoat.Fauci also referred to himself in the third person during the interview.
"Inevitably, it will be here. The question is will we be prepared for it?"
Dr. Anthony Fauci tells- This Week (@ThisWeekABC) that "if and when, and it's going to be when," the omicron variant reaches the U.S., health protocols should be "revved up."
The director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, during a separate appearance on "Fox News Sunday" that it will take weeks before scientists understand how effective the COVID-19 vaccines are at protecting against the new variant.
"So if you've raised antibodies against [COVID-19] from previously being infected, or from being vaccinated, the question is will those antibodies still stick to this version of the spike protein, or will they evade that protection? We need to find that out to be honest, though that's gonna take two, three weeks in both laboratory and field studies to figure out the answer. And that's what all of us as scientists want to know," Collins said.
These are the states where the omicron variant has been identified .
The new omicron coronavirus variant has been found in 12 U.S. states just three days days after the first case in the country was announced. The new variant, which was first discovered in South Africa, was announced in late November and has already spread to dozens of countries across the world. One day after Thanksgiving, the Wold Health Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting on the variant, which it has determined is a "variant ofThe new variant, which was first discovered in South Africa, was announced in late November and has already spread to dozens of countries across the world.