Biden announces measures to combat variant spread as new cases detected in several states
France24 says US President Joe Biden announced Thursday a winter campaign against Covid-19, with new testing requirements for travelers and a surge in vaccination efforts as the new Omicron variant threatens to revive the pandemic.
The variant was first detected in South Africa last week, and has since spread to dozens of countries worldwide. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the new strain poses a “very high” global risk, and has urged governments to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups.
Urging the nation—in particular his political rivals—to unite behind the strategy, Biden unveiled a raft of actions designed to tamp down Covid-19 in the coming months, as the latest Omicron variant spreads worldwide.
Ten cases of the new strain have so far been confirmed in the United States, including five in New York announced Thursday evening by state Governor Kathy Hochul, one in the Pacific island state of Hawaii and a second case in California.
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