In SummaryThe CDC director joined Tashanea Whitlow on BNC from Boston, which is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, to talk about the omicron variant and ongoing COVID-19 battle.
The holiday season is here but the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. The rise in cases is in large part due to the omicron variant, which was first located in Botswana and South Africa in November.
This variant has moved faster than a blink of an eye as every state in the U.S. has had a case of the omicron variant. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment pill as another way to combat the deadly virus.
“It can work to prevent severe disease and those who are at high risk of severe disease. But the thing that we really want to highlight is how important it is to prevent disease in the first place,” Dr. Walensky said. “We’ve seen what this omicron variant that we need more immune protection than we did with some of the earlier variants.”
According to Defense One, the U.S. army has created a single vaccine that can hold up against all COVID-19 strains and SARS. They have been working on it for about two years since the pandemic started.
“It’s really welcome news and certainly we are interested and will continue to follow the clinical trials and see how it continues to stand up against all of our variants,” she said.
Israel is taking extra precautions as they are giving their older population a fourth shot. Dr. Walensky stated that the CDC will continue to follow the data and share the importance of the older population getting their third shot.
“Israel started their booster program quite a bit earlier than ours,” said the CDC director. “Right now is the time to get your booster shot to bolster that immune protection.”
Dr. Walensky advises people to be safe during this holiday season and to get vaccinated and boosted.