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Biden Says Omicron Means More Mild Breakthrough Infections

  • President urges vaccination, warns unvaccinated of illness
  • Outlines strategy to fight omicron, including free tests
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President Joe Biden said that the omicron variant of the coronavirus will result in more “breakthrough” infections among vaccinated Americans -- “potentially in large numbers” -- but that they are unlikely to be severely ill. He stressed the need for people again to get vaccinated or boosted. For the unvaccinated, however, the president warned that a winter of severe illness and death awaits. He spoke at the White House.Source: Bloomberg
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President Joe Biden said that the omicron variant of the coronavirus will result in more breakthrough infections among vaccinated Americans -- “potentially in large numbers” -- but that they are very unlikely to be severely ill.

Especially for people with booster shots, he said in a speech at the White House Tuesday, a breakthrough infection mostly likely will mean “no symptoms” or mild disease. He said the vaccinated should proceed with Christmas plans.