UPDATED 6:08 PM PT – Saturday, November 27, 2021
Kamala Harris attempted to quell concerns over the Omicron variant.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Harris stressed top Biden administration officials are monitoring the variant’s spread. She claimed Joe Biden has taken all necessary health precautions, hoping to keep Omicron from reaching American shores.
However, Harris continued to promote getting vaccinated and boosted, despite manufacturers saying they don’t yet know how effective their products work on the new variant.
“One, if you’ve not had the booster shot, get the booster shot. Cannot stress enough the importance of getting vaccinated for those who have not been vaccinated. I will say what I say every time because it remains true. They are safe, the vaccines are safe. They are free, and they will save your life,” said Harris.
In the meantime, Biden has imposed travel restrictions on eight South African countries. But, he has vowed not to order more mandates on the American people.
The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.529.
They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern.
WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols https://t.co/bSbVas9yds pic.twitter.com/Gev1zIt1Ek
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) November 26, 2021