Biden pushes shots, not more restrictions as variant spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and to receive a booster shot, as he seeks to quell concerns over the newly-identified COVID-19 variant named omicron.

But he won’t immediately push for more restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

That’s according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. Fauci said Monday that there were as yet still no cases of the variant identified in the U.S. but that it was “inevitable” that it would make its way into the country.

Biden is expected to deliver remarks on the new variant at the White House on Monday.