President Biden is giving an update about the new Omicron variant.
"This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic," Biden said. "We have the best vaccine in the world, the best medicines, best scientists, and we're learning more every single day, and we'll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion."
While no cases of the new variant have been reported in the US so far, the Biden administration is attempting to limit the spread. New US restrictions on travel from South Africa and seven other countries took effect today, as his administration seeks to assure Americans that they are moving swiftly to try to contain the threat.
Remember: Much is still unknown about the transmissibility of the new variant and how effective vaccines will be in protecting Americans against it.