Here’s What We Know About the COVID-19 Omicron Strain So Far

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Yes, a new variant has emerged. On Friday, the WHO designated a fourth, possibly more transmissible “variant of concern”—B.1.1.529 or Omicron—after a steep increase in COVID-19 infections in South Africa.
Health officials have detected the variant in Belgium, Britain Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and the United Kingdom. As of Friday, there have been no cases of Omicron detected in the United States, according to the CDC.

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Trump stoked Covid in red states – but there are blue anti-vaxxers too | Robert Reich

Trump stoked Covid in red states – but there are blue anti-vaxxers too

Robert Reich

Among my neighbors in the bluest region of the bluest county of the bluest state in America, many don’t trust big pharma or the government – or simply choose to put themselves first

Protesters hold signs during an anti-vaccination rally at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Protesters hold signs during an anti-vaccination rally at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

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How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America

Florida shares deep connections with Puerto Rico as home to the territory’s largest diaspora community on the US mainland. But when it comes to Covid-19, the two places have little in common.
While Florida, like many states in the South, has seen high infection rates and troubling death counts, Puerto Rico has been something of a coronavirus success story.

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Losing Confidence in the Pillars of Our Civilization

Millions of citizens long ago concluded that professional sports, academia, and entertainment were no longer disinterested institutions, but far Left and deliberately hostile to Middle America.
Yet American conservatives still adamantly supported the nation’s traditional investigatory, intelligence, and military agencies – especially when they came under budgetary or cultural attacks.
Not so much anymore.
For the first time in memory, conservatives now connect the FBI hierarchy with bureaucratic bloat, political bias, and even illegality.

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Will Anti-Vaxxers Take the New COVID Treatment Pills?

It’s been nearly a year since the first vaccines for the coronavirus were administered, promising a way out of a horrid pandemic that has, at the time of publication, claimed the lives of more than 5.1 million people globally. On their own, vaccines haven’t been enough to end the pandemic—thanks primarily to hesitancy and the lack of global availability—so the public health toolkit needed something new. Enter two pills.
Pfizer and Merck have both produced antivirals for COVID-19 that are expected to receive FDA approval in the near future.

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Of course Biden didn’t press Xi at their summit: The feds are part of the COVID coverup

Call it Wuhangate.
The scientific and circumstantial evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is close to dispositive. China’s coverup of key evidence on the origins and initial spread is indisputable.
But recently released documents showing the extent of America’s own connection to dangerous research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan raise the horrifying possibility that US taxpayer funding may have facilitated COVID’s creation — and that the US government is part of the coverup.

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Of course Biden didn’t press Xi at their summit: The feds are part of the COVID coverup

Call it Wuhangate.
The scientific and circumstantial evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is close to dispositive. China’s coverup of key evidence on the origins and initial spread is indisputable.
But recently released documents showing the extent of America’s own connection to dangerous research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan raise the horrifying possibility that US taxpayer funding may have facilitated COVID’s creation — and that the US government is part of the coverup.

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Of course Biden didn’t press Xi at their summit: The feds are part of the COVID coverup

Call it Wuhangate.
The scientific and circumstantial evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is close to dispositive. China’s coverup of key evidence on the origins and initial spread is indisputable.
But recently released documents showing the extent of America’s own connection to dangerous research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan raise the horrifying possibility that US taxpayer funding may have facilitated COVID’s creation — and that the US government is part of the coverup.

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Of course Biden didn’t press Xi at their summit: The feds are part of the COVID coverup

Call it Wuhangate.
The scientific and circumstantial evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology is close to dispositive. China’s coverup of key evidence on the origins and initial spread is indisputable.
But recently released documents showing the extent of America’s own connection to dangerous research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan raise the horrifying possibility that US taxpayer funding may have facilitated COVID’s creation — and that the US government is part of the coverup.

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