PRESIDENT Joe Biden delivered a speech on Monday, November 29, 2021, in regards to the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
He was set to deliver a second speech about the economy, but rescheduled for a later day.
When is Joe Biden's speech?
On Monday, November 29, 2021, President Joe Biden addressed the nation on COVID-19 and its new variant.
The President went live around 11.45am ET.
Biden addressed the Omicron variant, and encouraged Americans to continue to get vaccinated as well as receiving their booster shots.
Travel restrictions for non-US travellers from eight different countries were put into place Monday, including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
The restrictions include the travel of those "physically present" in the countries during the "14-day period preceding their entry, or attempted entry into the United States."
Certain people are exempted from the restrictions, such as US citizens, lawful permanent residents and noncitizens who are the spouses of citizens or permanent residents.
At 3.45pm ET, the President was expected to speak "on his Administration’s work to strengthen the nation’s supply chains, lower everyday costs for families, and ensure that shelves are well-stocked this holiday," according to his public schedule.
However, an announcement from the White House rescheduled the speech for Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Patrick Ward, a White House Producer at Fox News Media, took to his Twitter account to share the news.
"President Biden was scheduled to deliver remarks at 3:45pm, The White House just announced the President will no longer deliver remarks following his meeting with CEOs," he wrote.
Ward followed up to his tweet, adding "WH Official tells FOX: The President held a pool spray with reporters at the top of the CEO event and wanted to ensure ample time spent with the business leaders who traveled to the White House today.
"The President will deliver additional remarks on Wednesday on the economy, supply chains and lowering costs for the American people."
What has Joe Biden said about the Omicron variant?
While not much is known about the new variant of COVID-19, the President has taken to his social media accounts to update Americans on his plan of action so far.
On Friday, November 26, 2021, Biden took to his Twitter to announce his plan for travel restrictions.
He wrote: "The @WHO has identified a new COVID variant which is spreading through Southern Africa. As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries."
The President followed up urging Americans to get vaccinated, writing: "As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises. For now the best way to strengthen your protection if you’re already vaccinated is to get a booster shot, immediately. For those not yet fully vaccinated: get vaccinated today."
"For the world community: this news is a reminder that this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations," he continued.
"The U.S. has already donated more vaccines to other countries than every other country combined. It is time for other countries to match our speed and generosity."
What has Dr. Anthony Fauci said about the Omicron variant?
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been making his rounds across various forms of news broadcasts and media, warning of the potential dangers of the Omicron variant and urging Americans to do "anything and everything" they can to avoid spreading the virus.
On Monday, November 29, 2021, Fauci appeared on Good Morning America to express concern about the variant.
"Obviously, we're on high alert," he said.
"It's inevitable that, sooner or later, it's going to spread widely because it has at least the molecular characteristics of being highly transmissible," he continued.
"Even though there are a lot of things about it that we do not know but will be able to ascertain in the next week or two."
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