After the COVID-19 Omicron variant was found in the US, White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci indicated Sunday that the US would “hopefully” ease its travel restriction on eight African nations within a “pretty reasonable length of time,” he added. Daily, we’re keeping a close eye on developments in our country and throughout the world, as we’re obtaining more and more information. On CNN’s State of the Union, Fauci stated, “I hope we can lift that prohibition within a fair amount of time.” He went on to say that the Biden administration is “reviewing the policy in real-time, practically, daily” for anyone leaving South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, and Eswatini.
While WHO director-general termed the “penalization” of African nations for identifying and reporting the omicron variation “deeply concerning,” Fauci justified the restriction, saying it was put in place when the US was “really in the dark” about it. In South Africa, “there seemed to be an explosion of instances of Omicron,” he added. “We had no clue what was going on.” As a result, when the ban was imposed, “it was put in place so that we could figure out exactly what was going on.” According to Fauci, officials were “extremely sorry” about the “disappointment” that the travel restriction may have caused those nations.
Following the World Health Organization stating that the variable contains a “high number of mutations,” some of which are “concerning,” the ban was implemented. On Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson had accused Fauci of “overhyping” COVID-19, which he denied. Are you overselling Covid? 780,000 Americans and over 5 million others have already lost their lives. Fauci replied he had no idea what he was talking about.