Biden to Evaluate Southern Africa Travel Restrictions 'Week to Week' President Joe Biden, with Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and (not in picture) Chief Medical Advisor to the President Anthony Fauci , speaks on the COVID-19 omicron variant on Nov. 29, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 30 November 2021 08:51 PM
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his administration would evaluate travel restrictions from southern African countries on a "week to week" basis, according to The Hill.
Biden told Minnesota reporters that the duration of the travel restrictions "kind of depends."
"We'll learn a lot more in the next couple of weeks," Biden added, alluding to the omicron variant.
The president said he would inform allies if further restrictions would come into play but says he doubts that.
Biden said in jest, "unlike Trump, I don't shock our allies."
Recently Vice President Kamala Harris said a travel ban to South Africa and seven other countries "is necessary" to stop the spread of the new variant.
On Friday, President Joe Biden issued a travel ban from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi due to concerns of the "heavily mutated" omicron variant.
During a visit to a Christmas market in downtown Washington, D.C., Harris maintained that "we're gonna take every precaution and that's why we've taken the measures we have."