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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and receive a booster as he seeks to allay concerns over the new COVID-19 omicron variant. But he won’t immediately push for more restrictions to stop its spread, his chief medical adviser has said.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert and Biden’s senior COVID-19 adviser, said there were still no cases of the identified variant in the United States, but he was “Inevitable” that it ends up entering the country.

Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Fauci said scientists hope to know within a week or two how well existing COVID-19 vaccines protect against the variant and how dangerous it is. compared to previous strains.

MADRID – Spain has imposed a mandatory 10-day quarantine for visitors from seven southern African countries, where omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus, was first identified.

Spain’s move comes as more countries impose travel restrictions, although much remains unknown on omicron.

Mandatory isolation affects travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe who arrive in Spain directly or with stops in other countries.