As we all know, when you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here. The question is: Will we be prepared for it? — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the president's chief medical adviser
As we all know, when you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here. The question is: Will we be prepared for it? — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the president's chief medical adviser

If and when, and it's going to be when, it comes here, hopefully we will be ready for it by enhancing our capabilities via vaccine, masking — all the things that we do, and should be doing. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the president's chief medical adviser
If and when, and it's going to be when, it comes here, hopefully we will be ready for it by enhancing our capabilities via vaccine, masking — all the things that we do, and should be doing. — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the president's chief medical adviser

Fauci says the omicron variant will inevitably appear in the U.S.
Following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, the United Kingdom imposed new restrictions on arriving travelers from South Africa and other southern African countries. The U.S. is implementing similar restrictions starting Monday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the president's chief medical adviser, said on Sunday that it's inevitable that the omicron variant of the coronavirus will be detected in the U.S.

While no cases of the variant have been detected in the U.S. so far, there have been cases detected in Botswana, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong.

"As we all know, when you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here," Fauci said on ABC's This Week. "The question is: Will we be prepared for it?"

The omicron variant was labeled as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization on Friday, making it the first variant to be labeled as such since the delta variant emerged earlier this year.

Fauci stressed that a lot of the preparation for omicron is similar to that for the delta variant.

"If and when, and it's going to be when, it comes here, hopefully we will be ready for it by enhancing our capabilities via vaccine, masking — all the things that we do, and should be doing," Fauci said.


Part of the concern around the omicron variant has to do with the variant's mutations — it has far more than any earlier variant. Fauci said more data is needed to know for sure, but that "the mutation would strongly suggest that it would be more transmissible and that it might evade ... perhaps even antibodies that are induced by vaccine."
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/11/28/1059623783/fauci-says-the-omicron-variant-will-inevitably-appear-in-the-u-s