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COVID-19: A variant of Omicron is “a cause of concern, not a panic,” said US President Joe Biden. US News

Joe Biden states that the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 is “a cause of concern, not a panic.”

The US president told reporters that his decision to limit travel from countries in southern Africa “give time” to take more action.

The new variant was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South African scientists last Wednesday.

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“Sooner or later we will see cases of this new variant in the United States,” Biden said.

“This is a source of concern, not a cause of panic … we will fight and defeat this new variant.”

Mr Biden urged people to be fully vaccinated-and those who could get booster jabs.

“I don’t think any additional steps will be needed yet,” he added.

Biden said it will take weeks before the world knows how effective the current vaccine is against it.

Earlier, WHO advised 194 member states that the outbreak of infection could have serious consequences, but said that there were still no deaths associated with the new variant.

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“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerned about the potential impact on the pandemic orbit,” the statement said.

“The overall global risk associated with the new mutant of concern, Omicron, is rated to be very high.”

Further research is needed to understand the potential of Omicron to escape defenses against vaccines and immunity induced by previous infections, he said.

COVID-19: A variant of Omicron is “a cause of concern, not a panic,” said US President Joe Biden. US News

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