USA wollen nicht dichtmachen: Biden schliesst Lockdowns wegen Omikron aus

US-Präsident Joe Biden hat sich zum Umgang der Vereinigten Staaten mit der Omikron-Variante des Coronavirus geäussert. Sein Motto: Keine Panik!

USA wollen nicht dichtmachen: Biden schliesst Lockdowns wegen Omikron aus
© Bereitgestellt von Blick 11/29/2021 – Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks while meeting with chief executive officers to discuss the holiday shopping season in the EOP Library of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The session, which coincides with this weekend’s start to the holiday shopping season, is addressing efforts to make sure shelves are stocked during the busy holiday shopping season, according to a White House official.  (Oliver Contreras / CNP / Polaris) (FOTO:DUKAS/POLARIS)

Joe Biden (78) ruft die USA auf, die Nerven zu behalten. In einer Pressekonferenz zur neuen Coronavirus-Variante erklärt der US-Präsident, dass aktuell keine Massnahmen geplant seien. Omikron sei «ein Grund zur Besorgnis, aber kein Grund zur Panik», so Biden.

«Früher oder später werden wir Fälle dieser neuen Variante hier in den Vereinigten Staaten sehen. Wir müssen uns dieser neuen Bedrohung stellen, so wie wir uns auch denen stellen mussten, die vor ihr auftraten», sagte Biden im Weissen Haus.

Impfung statt Lockdown

Er sagte, dass die neuen Reisebeschränkungen seiner Regierung, die am Montag in Kraft traten und die Einreise aus mehreren Ländern des südlichen Afrikas einschränken, den USA mehr Zeit geben, um zu reagieren.

Der Präsident werde eine detaillierte Strategie vorlegen, wie die USA Covid diesen Winter bekämpfen werden. Jedoch «nicht mit Lockdowns oder Shutdowns, sondern mit umfassenderen Impfungen, Auffrischungen, Tests und mehr.»

Der Präsident erklärte gegenüber Reportern, dass Lockdowns, um die Ausbreitung des Virus zu verhindern, «für den Moment» vom Tisch seien. Stattdessen ruft er auf, sich impfen zu lassen. So wirbt er für den Booster-Shot, der in den USA für alle Erwachsenen empfohlen wird.

Biden lobt Südafrika – und schränkt Reisen ein

Weiter lobte Biden die südafrikanischen Wissenschaftler für ihre Transparenz und schnelle Arbeit bei der Identifizierung und Meldung der neuen Variante. «Diese Art von Transparenz sollte gefördert und begrüsst werden, denn sie erhöht unsere Fähigkeit, schnell auf neue Bedrohungen zu reagieren, und genau das haben wir getan.»

Es war Kritik laut geworden, weil die auf die Meldung folgende Reisebeschränkung andere Länder abhalten könnte, Omikron-Fälle bekannt zu geben. Biden sagte dazu, er glaube nicht, dass die Reisebeschränkungen andere Länder davon abhalten würden, neue Varianten zu melden.

Der Corona-Experte der USA, Anthony Fauci (80), sagte am Sonntag, dass die Wissenschaftler hoffentlich bald feststellen können, ob die Omikron-Variante gegen die aktuellen Impfstoffe resistent ist – oder nicht. Das würde jedoch noch etwas dauern. (euc)

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