January 17, 2022

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Biden: COVID-19 omicron variant a cause for concern, not panic | DW News

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US President Joe Biden on Monday said that the new COVID-19 omicron variant is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic" in a speech at the White House.

The 79-year-old president said that the US would "face the new threat just as we have faced those that have come before it."

Biden urged everyone over the age of five to get their vaccines and acquire boosters six months after their second dose.

As concern grows over the omicron variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the reactions by world leaders showed the urgent need for a global accord on pandemics.

WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said that poor countries need more vaccine doses.

Chapters:

00:00 Joe Biden speech
01:13 Countries close borders
04:48 What do we know so far?
07:03 WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier
12:38 Situation in Germany

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