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  • Fauci and other U.S. health officials have stressed the importance of vaccinations and boosters amid the emergence of the new variant first detected in South Africa.
  • White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said Tuesday the U.S. is working with vaccine makers to develop a vaccine and booster to target the omicron variant if necessary.
  • Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly 75 percent of U.S. citizens 5 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that reported cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant will “change rapidly.”

“Confirmed cases as of yesterday were 205 in 18 countries, and just this morning, that’s gone up to 226 in 20 countries — and I think you’re going to expect to see those numbers change rapidly,” Fauci said during a White House coronavirus briefing.

“Importantly, it has not yet been detected in the United States,” Fauci added. 

Fauci and other U.S. health officials have stressed the importance of vaccinations and boosters amid the emergence of the new omicron variant first detected in South Africa. And White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said Tuesday the U.S. is working with vaccine makers to develop a vaccine and booster to target the omicron variant if necessary. 

“The companies currently estimate that it would take a few months to prototype and manufacture a modified vaccine or booster,” Zients said, noting that includes time for federal authorization. 

“Getting boosted will give you the highest level of protection from COVID and this new variant. If you’re unvaccinated or if your children are unvaccinated, the best thing you can do is get yourself and your kids their shots,” Zients added. 

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COVID-19 boosters are currently available to all U.S. adults ages 18 and older, and a vaccine regimen from Pfizer was recently approved for children ages 5 to 11. 

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly 75 percent of U.S. citizens 5 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 


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Published on Nov 30, 2021