Large holiday gatherings amid Omicron not safe despite boosters, Fauci says

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Americans vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 tin beryllium with household implicit the holidays but attending ample gatherings is not safe, adjacent for those who received a booster dose, apical U.S. infectious illness adept Anthony Fauci said connected Wednesday.

The United States faces a 2nd Christmas of upended vacation plans, with a surge successful infections fueled by the now-dominant Omicron variant of the coronavirus forcing galore to cancel travel, reconsider visiting loved ones, and question attending vacation parties.

“There are galore of these parties that person 30, 40, 50 radical successful which you bash not cognize the vaccination presumption of individuals. Those are the benignant of functions successful the discourse of Omicron that you bash not privation to spell to,” Fauci said astatine a White House briefing.

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Early grounds indicates Omicron is little terrible than the Delta variant, said Fauci, citing studies from South Africa and Scotland, but warned Americans indispensable stay cautious.

“This is bully news. However, we indispensable hold to spot what happens successful our ain colonisation which has its ain demographic considerations,” helium said.

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Slowing down the dispersed of Omicron with boosters

The seven-day mean of COVID-19 cases successful the United States roseate 25% from the erstwhile week to astir 149,300 cases per day, said U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, with mean regular deaths up 3.5% astatine 1,200.

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Omicron represents astir 73% of cases crossed the country, said Walensky, and arsenic precocious arsenic 90% of cases successful immoderate areas, specified arsenic the eastbound Atlantic states, parts of the Midwest, South, and bluish Pacific states.

“This summation in Omicron proportion is what we anticipated and what we person been preparing for,” she said.

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The U.S. authorities volition person 265,000 attraction courses of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 anti-viral attraction disposable by January and 10 cardinal by precocious summer, said White House COVID-19 effect coordinator Jeff Zients.

The Food and Drug Administration connected Wednesday authorized Paxlovid, Pfizer’s pill for at-risk radical aged 12 and above.

The authorities volition supply immoderate resources Pfizer needs for accumulation and volition administer treatments to states and localities astatine nary complaint arsenic soon arsenic they are delivered, helium said.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein and Katharine Jackson; Additional reporting by Caitlin Webber successful Washington and Kanishka Singh successful Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler and Alistair Bekk

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