Biden instructs FDA and CDC to clear new vaccines when needed

President Joe Biden said on Monday that he is instructing federal agencies to prepare to act as soon as possible to approve additional vaccines or boosters to prevent new variants of the omicron coronavirus.

In a speech at the White House, Biden assured Americans that the current Covid vaccine is believed to provide at least some protection against the severely mutated omicron strain, and the booster injection “significantly strengthens this protection.”

“We don’t yet think that additional measures are needed,” he said.

But the president said his government is still working with vaccine manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna with Johnson & Johnson If needed, make emergency plans for new vaccines or boosters.

Biden said the White House also instructed the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use the “fastest procedure without shortcuts” to approve these potential vaccines and put them on the market.

Biden ordered on Friday Preventive air travel restrictions from South Africa, Where omicron was first discovered, and seven other African countries.These new regulations went into effect on Monday, in The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its biggest decline this year, Out of concerns about another wave of deadly pandemics. The stock market rebounded on Monday morning.

Although the threat posed to the new variants is unclear, these concerns have emerged. Scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert in the United States, said that it may take several weeks to understand the infectivity of omicron, the severity of symptoms, and the effectiveness of existing vaccines.

The Biden administration has been working hard to contain the devastating spread of the highly contagious delta variant, which is now the most popular form of Covid in the United States