Watch Live: Biden Delivers Remarks on New Covid Omicron Variant That Prompted Market Panic and New Travel Restrictions

[The stream is slated to start at 11:45 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks Monday about the new Covid variant omicron, the heavily mutated strain of the coronavirus that has drawn concern from markets and governments … Read more

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

JOHANNESBURG — As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country. In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period … Read more

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of the pill ahead of a public meeting next week where academic and … Read more

WHO Labels New Covid Strain, Named Omicron, a ‘Variant of Concern,’ Citing Possible Increased Reinfection Risk

The U.N. health agency recognized the new Covid strain, first referred to as lineage B.1.1.529 and now named omicron, as a variant of concern. Experts fear a sharp upswing of Covid cases in South Africa’s Gauteng province — where the heavily mutated strain was first identified — could mean it has greater potential to escape … Read more

Belgium Confirms Case of New, Heavily Mutated Covid Variant

Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute for Medical Research, said a sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529 variant in a traveler who returned from Egypt on Nov. 11. Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke told reporters that the individual was unvaccinated, according to Reuters. The variant was detected in a small number … Read more

France opts for 3rd shots, not lockdown, to fight new wave

France has launched a plan to give booster shots to all adults, opting against a further lockdown or curfew, to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the country ByThe Associated Press November 25, 2021, 8:25 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PARIS — France launched a plan … Read more