Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant

Multiple Biden administration officials on Sunday weighed in on the newly discovered omicron COVID-19 variant.

The variant, first discovered in South Africa, has already forced multiple nations to implement travel restrictions in response.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

Fauci: Omicron variant will 'inevitably' hit US
By CAROLINE VAKIL
 
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciLet's stop saying 'breakthrough cases' — it isn't helping The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Trump-DeSantis tensions ratchet up MORE 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.

“When you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here,” Fauci, who serves as President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE’s chief medical adviser, said.
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Fauci says 'troublesome' omicron 'might evade immune protection'
By CAROLINE VAKIL 
 
President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, on Sunday called the newly discovered omicron variant of COVID-19 “troublesome,” and raised concerns that it “might evade immune protection.”
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Gottlieb: 'A pretty good degree of confidence' people with three doses are protected from omicron
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Sunday said vaccine developers have "a pretty good degree of confidence” that fully vaccinated individuals who have received a COVID-19 booster are protected against the omicron variant.
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NIH director says it will take 'weeks' to understand omicron severity
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins offered caution about the new omicron COVID-19 variant in a Sunday interview, saying it will take weeks to understand whether it can evade COVID-19 vaccines.
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Collins says omicron variant a 'great reason' to get booster
By DOMINICK MASTRANGELO 
 
“There's no reason to panic, but it’s a great reason to get boosted,” National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins said Sunday during an appearance on CNN.
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Fauci defends omicron travel restrictions
By CAROLINE VAKIL
 
"Travel bans, when you have a highly transmissible virus, never completely ... prevent it from coming into the country. No way that's going to happen,” Anthony Fauci said. “But what you can do is you can delay it enough to get us better prepared."
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Fauci: US just deserves B or C grade on COVID-19
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he would certainly not give the United States an A for its public health response to the pandemic, saying it would only deserve a B or even a C grade.
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Fauci says 'we're going to have to start living with COVID'
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said in an interview aired on Sunday that he believes people will have to begin "living with COVID," expressing doubts that the virus will be eradicated.
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China probably got rid of intermediary COVID host between bats, humans, Fauci says
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci speculated that China likely got rid of an intermediary host that carried the COVID-19 virus between bats and humans when officials cleaned out the live animal market where the virus is theorized to have first caused an infection in humans.
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Barrasso calls Biden's agenda 'Alice in Wonderland' logic: 'He's the Mad Hatter'
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoMcConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection Biden's court picks face fierce GOP opposition MORE (R-Wyo.) had harsh words for President Biden's social spending agenda on Sunday, calling the Build Back Better Act "Alice in Wonderland" logic and saying Biden is "the Mad Hatter."
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Top economist says supply chain issues could 'contaminate' demand
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor for the Allianz financial services company, said on Sunday that the main cause for concern in the U.S. economy should be supply chain issues, warning that continued problems could "contaminate" demand for products.
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Schiff: Jan. 6 panel decision on charges for Meadows could come this week
By DOMINICK MASTRANGELO
 
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit MORE (D-Calif.) said the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE could make a decision this week on whether to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE
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Cohen says Trump will lose if he runs in 2024
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Former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMelania Trump announces new line of NFTs Michael Cohen to sell prison badge as NFT Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant MORE said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump will lose if he runs for reelection to the White House in 2024.
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Cohen: Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case
By KYLE BALLUCK
 
Michael Cohen said in an interview on Sunday that Allen WeisselbergAllen Howard WeisselbergFive things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump First Black Manhattan DA sworn in, to take over Trump case New York attorney general seeking Trump deposition in fraud probe: report MORE, the longtime Trump Organization chief financial officer who was indicted earlier this year on tax-related charges, is not the “key” to investigations into former President Trump in New York.
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