Remarks by President Biden in Meeting with Members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the Omicron Variant

Published: Thu Dec 09 2021

State Dining Room

4:57 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, folks.

I'm about to get a briefing from my COVID team on Omicron variant. And we got some encouraging news from Pfizer yesterday. Preliminary lab data has indicated - it shows that - that three doses of the Pfizer vaccine protects avents [sic] - protects against the Omicron variant.

And today, we've got even more good news from the FDA and the CDC: 16- and 17-year-olds are eligible for boosters.

So, my message is really very straightforward and simple. If you got vaccinated six months ago - and I say to all of you in the press as well, not a joke - I say to all of you: If you got vaccinated six months ago, get your booster right away.

We're seeing a lot more Americans do just that. Fifty million - fifty million people are - now have gotten their booster shots. And we're getting people their booster shots at a record pace - roughly a million people a day.

And America is making progress: 200 million with two shots, and more kids vaccinated than any country on Earth.

And we got - we got a lot of work to do, but we're going to get - we're going to get through this. We're going to make it through this. And we're going to be okay, in my view.

And I'm about to get a briefing from my COVID team, as I said. So, thanks. And I'm going to get the meeting started now.

Thank you.

4:58 P.M. EST

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