Fauci: Omicron Covid Variant ‘Could Already be in America’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, joined Weekend TODAY to discuss the omicron variant.

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When asked if he believed that “omicron is already here in the U.S.?, Fauci said that he “would not be surprised if it is.”

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“We have not detected it yet. But, when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and in other places – when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go, essentially, all over,” replied Fauci.

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“It also has a bunch of mutations that would suggest it could evade the protection, for example, of monoclonal antibodies and perhaps even convalescent plasma for people who’ve been infected and recovered and possibly vaccine. These are all ‘maybes,’ but the suggestion is enough,” said Fauci.

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