COVID-19 live updates: 'Wouldn't be surprised' if omicron already in US, Fauci says

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.1 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 775,000 Americans.

11/27/2021 4:16:00 PM

Sixty-one people who traveled from South Africa to the Netherlands have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be tested for the newly discovered COVID variant omicron, The Associated Press reported. COVID-19 LATEST:

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.1 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 775,000 Americans.

LinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleChief medical adviser to the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he"wouldn't be surprised" if the new COVID-19 variant omicron was already in the United States, on NBC Saturday morning."You know, I would not be surprised if it is. We have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you're already having travel-related cases that they've noted in Israel and Belgium and other places, when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go, essentially all over," Fauci said.

"Its ability to infect people who have recovered from infection and even people who have been vaccinated makes us say this is something you have to pay really close attention to and be prepared for something that's serious. It may not turn out that way, but you really want to be ahead of it," Fauci also said.

-ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway61 travelers from South Africa to Netherlands test positive, getting tested for omicronLinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleSixty-one people who traveled from South Africa to the Netherlands have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be tested for the newly discovered COVID variant omicron, The Associated Press reported. headtopics.com

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Two flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town arrived in the Netherlands Friday, just after the Dutch government, along with other countries, imposed a ban on southern African nations with the discovery of omicron, according to the AP.Those who tested positive must remain in quarantine for seven days if they have symptoms and five days if they do not.

-ABC News' Ahmad HemingwayCDC says it's monitoring omicron following WHO guidanceLinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Friday that it is"following the details of this new variant," omicron, first reported to the World Health Organization by South Africa.

"We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information about this variant with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC," the CDC said, adding that it is continuing to learn more about the variant and monitor its path.

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No cases of omicron have been identified in the U.S. to date, but on Friday the WHO classified the new variant as a "variant of concern.”"CDC is continuously monitoring variants and the U.S. variant surveillance system has reliably detected new variants in this country," the CDC said."We expect Omicron to be identified quickly, if it emerges in the U.S." headtopics.com

The CDC recommends that people traveling to the U.S. continue to follow its guidance for traveling.Moderna working on omicron-specific boosterLinkShare to TwitterEmail this articleModerna on Friday announced that it is testing three existing COVID-19 vaccine booster candidates to address the newly named omicron variant.

Data on the ability of the current vaccine dose to neutralize the new variant should be available in the coming weeks, the company said in a statement.Moderna also said the company has been testing variant-specific boosters and is “working rapidly” to advance an omicron-specific booster candidate.

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“The mutations in the omicron variant are concerning, and for several days, we have been moving as fast as possible to execute our strategy to address this variant,” Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel said.

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Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidaysMillions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection. About 37.5 million people had received a booster shot in the United States as of Tuesday, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 'I think it is a good start,' said Dr. William Schaffner, a leading infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who added that he believed boosters are more important for personal protection than for curtailing spread of the virus. I would too if I had got the shot and seen that it really has not worked. I will feel good that I survived the first round as some have not. Keep being the trial monkey. Re: Booster Shot From the CDC website: COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. (in case you weren't already aware).

Expanded eligibility boosts U.S. COVID-19 booster shots ahead of holidaysMillions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection.

U.S. President Biden calls for intellectual property protection waivers on COVID-19 vaccinesU.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations meeting at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa. China stole it few months ago, so no reason not to open. its great leap for mankond. 1)we are on same ship now:cross nations and religions;2)med tech will be pushed to find new business models as Microsoft was when OpeSource won the fight;3) its huge chance to solve many illneses He's been doing this for a while now.

Factbox-Countries weigh need for booster COVID-19 shotsMany countries are rolling out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but there is no consensus among scientists that they are necessary and the World Health Organization wants the most vulnerable people worldwide to be fully vaccinated first. Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization is recommending booster shots of an authorized mRNA vaccine to those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Previously it had suggested the extra doses should be considered for frail older people and those with weakened immune systems. I am not taking mine! It's a flu, or did you miss the fact that last year there were only 1800 flu cases? Did you ever THINK to investigate that?

Global Markets Drop on Concerns Over New Covid-19 VariantGlobal equity markets and U.S. stock futures fell after South Africa raised the alarm over a new, fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus. wow In China, I cannot get justice for my father's death due to academic corruption caused by medical corruption, malfeasance in judicial, law enforcement agencies, government administrative departments and discipline inspection, and lack of conscience in media supervision. More lies, this virus doesnt exist

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