US Vice President Kamala Harris has acknowledged that the Biden administration couldn’t anticipate the emergence of variants like Omicron and Delta.
Speaking to Los Angeles Times newspaper on the Covid situation in the country, Harris on Friday said, “We didn’t see Delta coming…We didn’t see Omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this, this awful virus has been, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”
Harris denied to the Times that President Biden had prematurely declared victory over the virus in the days before delta became prevalent in the United States. “While the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this: It no longer controls our lives,” he said July 4. “It no longer paralyzes our nation. And it’s within our power to make sure it never does again.”
The comment from Harris comes as New York City reported 21,027 new COVID-19 cases in a single day on Friday, the highest the state has ever recorded. President Joe Biden has warned of a “winter of severe illness and death” for the unvaccinated on The White House Website, as the Omicron variant fuels new cases in the United States.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention which has predicted that COVID-19 cases and deaths will increase in the US over the next month, with its latest model projecting more than 40,000 deaths by January 8.
Scientists have remained uncertain as to how dangerous the highly mutated Omicron variant is, but early data suggests it can be more resistant to vaccines and is more transmissible than the Delta variant.
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