Anthony Fauci asks people to avoid New Year’s parties due to COVID-19

Anthony Fauci asks everyone to avoid New Year’s parties due to COVID-19. He advised people what to do. In a message to the US popul...

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  • Anthony Fauci asks everyone to avoid New Year’s parties due to COVID-19.
  • He advised people what to do.

In a message to the US population, Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the White House, said that New Year’s parties with a high concentration of people should be avoided due to COVID-19. He said even if people are vaccinated and boosted, they should consider staying home this year, according to the AP and Telemundo 51.

Dr. Fauci added: “What we should avoid is a New Year’s celebration where you have 30 or 40 people and you don’t know if they are vaccinated; it is something you should stay away from.”

US requirements regarding vaccination

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In an interview with MSNBC, Fauci, President Joe Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor on the COVID-19 response said that, “when you impose a vaccination requirement, it’s an added incentive for more people to get vaccinated.” The United States currently requires that most foreigners entering the country be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, it does not require it for domestic travel.

Government sources have said they are not enthusiastic about requiring vaccination for domestic travel because they anticipate that it will immediately face legal challenges, mitigating its possible effectiveness as a tool to increase vaccinations. Biden’s order that employees be vaccinated is mired in legal disputes. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in early January on cases seeking to overturn the President’s mandate.

Biden’s promise

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Biden promised on Monday full federal government support for states facing increased COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. This support includes more testing. “If you need something, say something, and we are going to support you in any way that we can,” the President said at a regular meeting between his coronavirus response team and the National Governors Association.

Biden acknowledged the long lines and chaos as Americans try to get tested amid the surge in cases during the holidays. He mentioned his administration’s plan to make 500 million rapid tests available starting next month via a website that has yet to be developed. A White House official said the tests would come from  new manufacturing capacity and would not interfere with existing supply chains. Filed under: Anthony Fauci Covid Parties

Other countries’ response

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As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the globe ahead of the New Year holidays, governments are implementing measures with varying levels of urgency to contain this plague. Some have immediately reimposed restrictions, but others are hesitant as they do not they want to spoil the party one more time.

In Britain, where the highly contagious variant of the coronavirus has spiked cases to new highs, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said Monday that no further restrictions will be implemented in England before the New Year. The number of new infections there is around 100,000 daily and hospitalizations increased more than 70% at Christmas compared to the previous week. To see the video, click here. Filed under: Anthony Fauci Covid Parties

Will restrictions return?

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“Of course, when we get to the New Year, we will see if we need to take additional measures, but until then, nothing more,” said Javid. In other parts of Britain, however, nightclubs were ordered closed, and meeting limits were imposed in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, leaving the country divided on how it dealt with the crisis.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands has already closed all nonessential shops, restaurants, and bars. It has extended the school holidays in what largely amounts to a new lockdown. In Belgium, new measures came into force during the weekend through the New Year’s holidays. Shopping in large groups was banned and cinemas and concert halls are closed in the middle of the final season of the year. Filed under: Anthony Fauci Covid Parties

Restrictions in France

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In France, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a series of restrictions that will be implemented next week, after New Year’s Eve. These include the following: Large events will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Eating and drinking will be prohibited in cinemas, at sports venues, and on public transport. Also, it will be mandatory to work from home at least three days a week for employees whose type of work allows it.

In addition, a bill will be voted on in France next month to create a special pass that will allow only people who have been vaccinated to enter public places, including restaurants, bars, and cinemas. The measures were ordered after France recorded more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began.

Why are vaccines important?

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In the United States, the government has strongly emphasized the importance of vaccines, boosters, and rapid diagnostic tests. The mandate that requires virtually all businesses, large and small, to prevent unvaccinated employees from going to workplaces took effect Monday in New York City. It was announced three weeks ago, shortly after the first case of Omicron infection was detected in the United States.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that, with the Omicron, “things are going to get worse before they get better.” He said authorities should seriously consider requiring passengers in domestic flights to be vaccinated. “When vaccination is made a requirement, that’s another incentive for more people to get vaccinated,” Fauci told MSNBC.

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