Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

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U. U. S. S. health health officials officials say say early early reports reports about about the the rapidly rapidly spreading spreading Omicron Omicron variant variant of of the the corona corona virus virus suggested suggested maybe maybe less less dangerous dangerous than than delta delta White White House House medical medical advisor advisor Dr Dr Anthony Anthony Fauci Fauci told told CNN's CNN's state state of of the the union union so so I I just just need need more more information information before before drawing drawing conclusions conclusions about about Omicron Omicron severity severity but but reports reports from from South South Africa Africa suggest suggest hospitalization hospitalization rates rates have have not not increased increased alarmingly alarmingly about about you you said said the the Biden Biden administration administration is is considering considering lifting lifting recently recently imposed imposed travel travel restrictions restrictions against against non non citizens citizens entering entering the the US US from from several several African African countries countries U. U. N. N. secretary secretary general general has has blasted blasted such such measures measures as as travel travel apartheid apartheid about about a a third third of of U. U. S. S. states states have have detected detected their their first first cases cases of of Omicron Omicron Massachusetts Massachusetts Washington Washington state state Missouri Missouri and and Maryland Maryland were were among among those those reporting reporting their their first first cases cases over over the the weekend weekend I'm I'm Jennifer Jennifer king king

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