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What does appearance of Omicron variant mean for the double-vaccinated?

We find out how much protection Covid vaccines may offer amid speculation new variant could be more resistantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of Omicron has prompted widespread speculation that it may be more resistant to Covid-19 vaccines than existing variants, including Delta. But what does that mean for the average double-vaccinated person?All the vaccines currently available in the UK work by training the immune system against the coronavirus spike p...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus


Covid news: Canada confirms two cases of Omicron variant; WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open – as it happened

Both cases are recent arrivals from Nigeria; UN agency’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans; G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variantAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance ...
Tags: Europe, Science, China, Nigeria, UK News, World news, US news, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Un, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, WHO Africa


Fauci said GOP attacks against him are 'nonsense' and he had to 'laugh' when Sen. Ted Cruz said he should be prosecuted

Dr. Anthony Fauci during an interview on "Face the Nation" that aired November 28, 2021.CBS News/Face the Nation In a wide-ranging CBS News interview, Fauci responded to the attacks against him by the GOP. Fauci specifically responded to claims from Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who have suggested he be fired and prosecuted, respectively.  Fauci agreed the attacks were an attempt by GOP politic ans make him a "scapegoat."  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of ...
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Covid live news: WHO Africa head urges world to keep borders open; third Omicron case found in UK

UN agency’s comments follow South Africa’s call to reverse flight bans; G7 health ministers to hold urgent meeting on Omicron variant; large contact tracing operation in WestminsterAt least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variantOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-toleran...
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What does appearance of Omicron mean for the double-jabbed?

We find out how much protection Covid vaccines may offer amid speculation new variant could be more resistantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of Omicron has prompted widespread speculation that it may be more resistant to Covid-19 vaccines than existing variants, including Delta. But what does that mean for the average double-vaccinated person?All the vaccines currently available in the UK work by training the immune system against the coronavirus spike p...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus


The Omicron variant has a 'record' number of mutations that may hinder vaccine effectiveness, NIH director says

NIH Director Francis Collins during a November 28, 2021, appearance on "Fox News Sunday."Fox News/Fox News Sunday NIH Director Francis Collins said Sunday that the Omicron variant could present challenges to existing vaccines. The new variant has a "record" number of mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that attaches to human cells, he said. He added that people should still get the current vaccines and boosters. The newly discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus has a "...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Delta, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Fox News, Pfizer, Nih, Collins, Francis Collins, Israel Belgium


Trump says he 'wanted Biden to be successful' in tackling COVID-19, blasts his successor's handling of the pandemic

Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images Former President Trump during a Fox Business interview blasted President Biden over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump said he wanted Biden to be "successful" in fighting the virus, but called the president's performance a "disaster." Trump was roundly criticized for downplaying the severity of COVID-19 during his White House tenure. Former President Donald Trump on Friday blasted President Joe Biden over what he described as his successor's "ine...
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Dr. Fauci says the US could experience a fifth wave in COVID-19 infections as health officials warn about spread of Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Pfizer booster shot would like have approval by September 20.CBS News/Face the Nation Dr. Anthony Fauci said there's a chance the US might experience a fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. His warning comes as the new Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has spread to a number of countries.  Fauci said a surge is dependent on whether the US can get its vaccination rates up.  Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that the US might enter a fifth wave as the...
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Covid live news: Third Omicron case found in UK; Netherlands confirms at least 13 cases of new variant

Large contact tracing operation in Westminster; At least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variant; Austria becomes latest country to detect OmicronOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Peking University math...
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How bad will the Omicron Covid variant be in Britain? Three things will tell us | Devi Sridhar

A new variant identified in southern Africa is causing global panic – but its real impact will be shown by the data scientists are racing to establishProf Devi Sridhar is chair of global public health at the University of EdinburghCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOmicron, the name of the new Covid-19 variant that is sending worrying signals from southern Africa, sounds like something from Transformers. It has caused panic across the world, among governments, the public...
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Travel firms scramble to rearrange holidays amid new Covid measures

Swiss skiing holidays in doubt as country joins Spain in tightening travel rules to contain Omicron variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTour operators are scrambling to rearrange Swiss skiing holidays after the country joined Spain in tightening travel restrictions amid rising concerns about the spread of the new Omicron Covid variant.From Saturday night Switzerland mandated 10 days of quarantine for all new arrivals, in effect wrecking skiing holidays in the Swiss...
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Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhereA Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say.Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximise returns, to identif...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Zoology, Coral, University Of Queensland, Harry Markowitz


Moderna says it might release a modified COVID-19 vaccine for the Omicron variant by early 2022

A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.Rick Bowmer/AP Photo Moderna's chief medical officer said the company could release an updated vaccine by early 2022. News of the vaccine modification comes as the new Omicron variant begins to spread globally. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are also testing vaccine effectiveness at fighting the Omicron variant. Moderna said it might release an updated COVID-19 vaccine to combat the new Omicron variant by early 2022.  "We should know about the abilit...
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Former White House advisor says the US 'would already have modified vaccines' to deal with Omicron variant if Trump were still president

Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images A former White House advisor said new vaccines would already be in place to curb Omicron's spread if Trump were still in office. Omicron might spread easily and be resistant to vaccines because of its many mutations. Vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer have already begun testing their vaccines against Omicron. Former White House advisor Stephen Miller claimed that there would already be updated COVID-19 vaccines to deal with the Omicron variant if Donald Trump...
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Covid live news: Netherlands confirms at least 13 Omicron cases; Austria and Australia report first cases

At least 13 of 61 cases on two flights into Netherlands are new variant; Austria becomes latest country to detect Omicron; Sajid Javid says UK should still plan for Christmas ‘as normal’Omicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting travel curbs, according to a study by Pekin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Australia, China, UK News, World news, US news, Austria, Netherlands, Sajid Javid, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let’s ensure they don’t regret it | Jeffrey Barrett

The teams in Africa who detected the new Covid genome moved quickly. Their actions should not result in economic loss• • See all our coronavirus coverageOne of the positive experiences during two years of pandemic gloom has been the speed of scientific progress in understanding and treating Covid. Many effective vaccines were launched in less than a year and rapid large-scale trials found a cheap and effective drug, dexamethasone, that saved thousands of lives.The global scientific community ha...
Tags: Travel, Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, World Health Organization, Coronavirus, Jeffrey Barrett


Covid live news: Austria reports first case of Omicron as new variant continues to spread

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; two cases confirmed in AustraliaJohnson ignored my plan to deal with new variants – ex-officialOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting trav...
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South Africa says it has been 'punished' rather than 'applauded' for detecting the new Omicron variant

A passenger looks at an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant Omicron.Phill Magakoe/Getty Images South Africa said it is being punished for detecting the new coronavirus variant Omicron. The US, UK, and Europe have introduced travel restrictions on southern African countries. "Excellent science ...
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Covid live news: Omicron cases continue to spread; China would face ‘colossal’ outbreak if rules eased

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; two cases confirmed in AustraliaJohnson ignored my plan to deal with new variants – ex-officialOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifting trav...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Anthony Fauci, Reuters, Peking University, Coronavirus, COVID, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention


Every good dog deserves a musical tribute

Hector, dog of dogs, is the most glorious companion. Simon Tiffin reveals how he came to commission a piece of music that would evoke his spirit when he finally departs this worldOne of the earliest signs of spring in my garden is a ring of snowdrops and winter acconites that encircles the trunk of a medlar tree outside the greenhouse. This yellow-and-white display was planted to complement a collection of elegantly engraved, moss-covered mini-headstones that mark the resting places of the previ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Alexa, Hector, Simon Tiffin


The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial

This time we’ve acted quickly. But there are still lessons to learn• • See all our coronavirus coverageScientists have always warned that the biggest risk to the UK at this stage of the pandemic is the emergence of a more infectious, virulent and vaccine-resistant variant of the virus. It remains to be seen whether Omicron, the new variant of concern identified by the World Health Organization last week is that.But the structure of Omicron – the number of concerning mutations in its spike prote...
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Covid live news: UK, Germany and Italy detect Omicron cases; China outbreak warning

Mandatory mask-wearing in shops and transport reimposed in England; Anthony Fauci says new variant is probably already in the US; Australia scrambles to prevent outbreakJohnson ignored my plan to deal with new variants – ex-officialOmicron’s worst impact will be in nations with low vaccination ratesWhat do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?See all our coronavirus coverageChina could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections a day if it dropped its zero-tolerance policies by lifti...
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