Omicron variant will ‘inevitably’ reach the U.S., Fauci says

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has found its way into a number of European countries in recent days, will “inevitably” get to the United States, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday.

“The question is: Will we be prepared for it?” he said on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos. “The preparation that we have ongoing, for what we’re doing now with the Delta variant, just needs to be revved up.”

And a huge part of that preparation lies in our vaccination and booster efforts, he said. “If and when — and it is going to be when — it comes here, hopefully, we will be ready for it by enhancing our capabilities via the vaccine, masking, all the things that we do and should be doing,” Fauci said.