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Locks to fight the Omicron variant off the table “for now”

President Joe Biden said on Monday that coronavirus lockdowns were not on the table “yet” as Americans grapple with the emergence of the new omicron variant.

When asked by a reporter if coronavirus closures weren’t “on the table,” Biden replied, “Yes, for now. “

The president said the difference between now and the original coronavirus lockdowns was the successful production and distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

“If people are vaccinated and are wearing their masks, the lockdown is not necessary,” he said.

Biden said he would announce his strategy to tackle the new variant later in the week, “not with stoppages or blockages, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, etc.”

He urged every American adult to get their coronavirus vaccine booster to help fight the new variant, although it’s not clear what protection the vaccine would provide.

“Dr. Fauci believes that the current vaccines offer at least some protection against the new variant and that the booster strengthens [sic] this protection in a meaningful way, ”Biden said.

The president said his team is already working on contingency plans to update vaccines to protect people from the Omicron variant.

He also urged Americans to immunize their children five years of age or older.

“If you and your family are fully immunized, it is much safer to celebrate the holidays,” he said.

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