U.S. President Biden says not considering new vaccine mandates

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media before entering "Nantucket Bookworks" bookstore following lunch with family at the Nantucket Tap Room

NANTUCKET, Mass (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday his administration was not considering new vaccine mandates following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant in South Africa, which led to travel bans from that country and seven other nations.

“We don’t know a lot about the variant except that is of great concern,” Biden told reporters. “I decided that we are going to be cautious.”

(Reporting Nandita Bose; Writing by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Mark Porter)