U.S. public health officials were set to speak Friday with their South Africa counterparts as they sought scientific details about a new COVID-19 variant already prompting European and Asian countries to enact new travel restrictions.
Driving the news: Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN Friday “we’re rushing now to get that scientific data to try and make an informed decision” on a possible travel ban.
“If, in fact, it does evade the vaccines that we’re doing. There’s always the possibility of doing what the U.K. has done, namely, block travel from South Africa and related countries,” Fauci said.
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Fauci: U.S. is “rushing” to get scientific data about new COVID varianthttps://t.co/H7fJi0FPP1
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A new concerning coronavirus variant identified in South Africa.
Dr. Anthony Fauci joins @NewDay and says “they are in very active communication” with their South African colleagues….It is a fluid motion. It is something in real time we are learning more and more about.” pic.twitter.com/ihioRwTYgZ
— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) November 26, 2021