Fauci Encourages Vaccination and Boosters After First U.S. Omicron Case

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U.S.|Fauci urges Americans to get shots aft the archetypal U.S. Omicron case.

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First U.S. Omicron Case Is Detected successful California

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said the archetypal lawsuit of the coronavirus variant was reported successful the United States, aft a vaccinated traveler returned to California from South Africa.

The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health, and the C.D.C. person confirmed that a caller lawsuit of Covid-19 among an idiosyncratic successful California was caused by the Omicron variant. The idiosyncratic was a traveler who returned from South Africa connected November the 22nd and tested affirmative connected November the 29th. The idiosyncratic is self-quarantining and each adjacent contacts person been contacted, and each adjacent contacts frankincense acold person tested negative. The idiosyncratic was afloat vaccinated and experienced mild symptoms, which are improving astatine this point. This is the archetypal confirmed lawsuit of Covid-19 caused by the Omicron variant detected successful the United States. And arsenic each of you know, of course, we’ve been discussing this, we knew that it was conscionable a substance of clip earlier the archetypal lawsuit of Omicron would beryllium detected successful the United States. And arsenic you know, we know, I’ve been saying it and my colleagues connected the aesculapian team, and others person been saying, that we cognize what we request to bash to support people: get vaccinated. If you’re not already vaccinated, get boosted. If you’ve been vaccinated for much than six months with an mRNA, oregon 2 months with J.&J. and each the different things we’ve been talking astir — getting your children vaccinated, masking successful indoor congregate settings.

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Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said the archetypal lawsuit of the coronavirus variant was reported successful the United States, aft a vaccinated traveler returned to California from South Africa.CreditCredit...Doug Mills/The New York Times

Jim Tankersley

  • Dec. 1, 2021Updated 5:42 p.m. ET

As the archetypal lawsuit of the Omicron coronavirus variant was reported successful the United States, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s apical infectious illness expert, formed the detection arsenic a crushed for Americans to get vaccinated oregon boosters and said that nationalist wellness recommendations had not changed successful the beingness of the fast-spreading variant.

“We knew that it was conscionable a substance of clip earlier the archetypal lawsuit of Omicron would beryllium detected successful the United States,” Dr. Fauci said.

The patient, a traveler who returned to California from South Africa connected Nov. 22, is successful isolation, and assertive interaction tracing is underway, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The idiosyncratic was afloat vaccinated and had mild symptoms that are improving. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said the idiosyncratic had received 2 doses of the Moderna vaccine but was wrong the six-month model and had frankincense not received a booster.

Dr. Fauci said helium did not needfully favour vaccine requirements for home aerial travelers, preferring alternatively to propulsion to inoculate the remaining unvaccinated radical successful the country.

He said helium was “not truthful sure” that caller investigating requirements for planetary travelers that medication officials are presently weighing would person helped drawback the lawsuit sooner — due to the fact that the diligent took a trial instantly aft opening to acquisition what helium described arsenic mild symptoms. And helium said it was imaginable that successful the future, the national authorities could alteration its explanation of “fully vaccinated” to necessitate planetary travelers to person received booster shots earlier entering the United States.

Dr. Fauci stressed the further extortion that booster shots supply crossed variants of the microorganism and said Americans should not hold for pharmaceutical companies to make a booster sprout designed for Omicron.

“Get boosted now,” Dr. Fauci said. “We whitethorn not request a variant-specific boost.”

Asked if Americans should consciousness escaped to be vacation parties and portion vacation beverages unmasked, helium said it depended connected the size of the gathering.

“In a concern with the vacation season, indoor-type settings with household that you cognize is vaccinated, radical that you know, you could consciousness harmless with not wearing a disguise and having a dinner, having a reception,” helium said. But successful larger nationalist settings wherever it is unclear if everyone is vaccinated, helium said, radical should deterioration masks but to devour oregon drink.

Jill Cowan contributed reporting.

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