As the countries prepare for the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the CDC has recommended that all adults receive booster shots to protect themselves and others against the spread.
This announcement follows directions from President Biden for both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC to approve vaccines as quickly as possible without putting the safety of the public at risk.
Before the Omicron variant was identified, the recommendations of the CDC were to focus on getting boosters to vulnerable adults – the over 50s and those in long-term care facilities.
Now, the advice from the agency is to extend this program to anyone over the age of 18 in light of the potential risks of the new variant.
South Africa was the first country to report a case of the new variant. In the last week, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and other European countries have also reported cases.
In the US, the authorities are currently monitoring the situation and hope to detect any cases of this variant, or any other new variants, as quickly as possible.
Will the new variant affect travel?
In the run-up to the holiday season, there are concerns about how the new variant might affect travel. At the moment, it’s not yet certain if any changes will be needed.
Some countries have already put restrictions on travel. With the variant spreading quickly, the travel industry fears that it will have to return to a similar situation that it was in a year ago, and travelers may not be able to travel.
Travel restrictions could, according to President Biden, slow the spread of the Omicron variant, but it won’t prevent it altogether.
Many experts fear that it could threaten the recovery of the travel industry, which would also impact the wider economy both in the US and around the world.