“If it appears in the United States, we hope to identify it quickly,” said the agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
So far, no case of the Omicron variant has been detected in the United States, said CNBC this Friday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“No cases of this variant have been identified to date in the United States,” the CDC said in a statement.
“The CDC is constantly monitoring variants, and the US variant surveillance system has reliably detected new variants in this country. If it appears in the United States, we hope to identify Omicron quickly”, noted the agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.
This Friday, the United States imposed travel restrictions on US citizens from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Swatini due to the emergence of this new strain of coronavirus.
However, as with other variants, it is likely that Omicron will spread and reach the United States.
“[Travel restrictions implemented] It will save us some time. It will not be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is, Can it be eased?” asked Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert and health adviser to Joe Biden.