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    NIH director on the spread of the omicron variant amid the ongoing pandemic

    NIH director on the spread of the omicron variant amid the ongoing pandemic

    Maryland, Nebraska and Pennsylvania are the latest states reporting cases of the new omicron variant in the U.S., while it has now spread to more than 40 nations worldwide. And the CDC director said Friday the omicron variant could become the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. this winter. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 7 min
    U.S. launches new effort to fight omicron variant's spread with 'science and speed'

    U.S. launches new effort to fight omicron variant's spread with 'science and speed'

    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. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 5 min
    Does South Africa's COVID uptick signal greater threat from omicron? Here's what we know

    Does South Africa's COVID uptick signal greater threat from omicron? Here's what we know

    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 said their modeling found that omicron would likely be responsible for more than half of their cases this winter. William Brangham looks at the global picture. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 6 min
    U.S. to release new rules for foreign travelers amid growing concerns over omicron variant

    U.S. to release new rules for foreign travelers amid growing concerns over omicron variant

    The first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in the U.S. Wednesday -- a discovery most health officials had said was inevitable. A case was confirmed in San Francisco, California, on the eve of new requirements for travelers arriving in the U.S. William Brangham reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 2 min
    What early evidence tells us about omicron, and how it may affect need for booster shots

    What early evidence tells us about omicron, and how it may affect need for booster shots

    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 have tested positive. While many have said this was just a matter of time, it begs many questions. William Brangham has more with Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 6 min
    India extends door-to-door vaccine campaign as omicron variant worries officials

    India extends door-to-door vaccine campaign as omicron variant worries officials

    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 delta variant last spring. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on efforts to combat the new variant. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

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