As public patience wears thin amid the emergence of the new omicron variant and some GOP lawmakers' threats to shut down the government over vaccine requirements, the White House and its allies are seizing on what they see as a…
By Zeke Miller, Associated Press
That means continuing to push for higher vaccination rates, abiding by social-distancing guidelines, and wearing masks, among other measures, public health officials say.
By Jim Gomez, Associated Press
The United States’ COVID-19 watch has turned up more cases of the omicron variant Thursday. They appeared as President Joe Biden unveiled new initiatives on vaccines, masking and treatment. White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor reports.
By Yamiche Alcindor, Dorothy Hastings
While we don't know whether the omicron variant will lead to more severe cases of COVID-19, its ability to spread is becoming clearer. Cases in South Africa are spiking at the fastest rate since the pandemic began, and European officials…
By William Brangham, Courtney Norris
By William Brangham, Dorothy Hastings
The first case of COVID-19 from the omicron variant in the U.S. was in a person who had been vaccinated, but hadn’t received a booster. Dr. Fauci said it was a mild infection, and none of the traveler’s close contacts…
By Fred de Sam Lazaro
The trajectory of omicron infections is being watched closely in India, where the official death toll from COVID-19 is approaching half a million. The true toll is likely much higher. Memories are still fresh of the devastation caused by the…
By Ryan Connelly Holmes
Even as Americans are trying to prepare for omicron, many parts of the country are still reeling from the delta variant. More Americans died of COVID this year than in 2020, despite the wide availability of free vaccines. The pandemic's…
By Laura Santhanam
Key questions need to be answered about the new COVID-19 variant, omicron, including whether it is more transmissible, produces more severe disease, and responds to vaccines and medicines.
A stark warning from outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the fourth wave of COVID-19 sweeping her country: It's "worse than anything we've seen," she said Monday. Winter is coming across Europe, and with it a spike in infections and…
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