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U.S. trade chief says it’s too early to say if Omicron will impact supply chains

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo speaks during a press briefing held by White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 9, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

DETROIT, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Monday said it was too early to say whether the new variant of COVID-19 Omicron will impact global supply chains.

Raimondo told a semiconductor chip roundtable that the COVID-19 pandemic “has had a significant impact on the supply chain.” She added that many outbreaks of COVID-19 in Asia have at times forced the closure of manufacturing facilities.

“Due to the vaccinations, I think we are probably beyond all of this, but we have to be careful,” Raimondo said during a roundtable.

These disruptions in Asia have sometimes hurt US auto production this year and other products.

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus carries a very high global risk of outbreaks, the WHO warned on Monday, as more countries reported cases and others closed their borders.

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