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What We Know About the Omicron Variant

What We Know About the Omicron Variant

Update: 2021-11-3011
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The story of the Omicron variant began a week ago, when researchers in southern Africa detected a version of the coronavirus that carried 50 mutations. 

When scientists look at coronavirus mutations, they worry about three things: Is the new variant more contagious? Is it going to cause people to get sicker? And how will the vaccines work against it? 

We explore when we will get the answers to these three questions, and look at the discovery of the variant and the international response to it. 

Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a reporter covering science and global health for The New York Times.

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Michael Adjokatse

Its unfair and condescending to say Africans have weak/compromise immune system because of HIV AIDS. What percentage of Africans have HIV compared to the US or other developed countries. Poverty and malnutrition are bigger issues to talk about. You need to retract that part of your report.

Dec 2nd
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What We Know About the Omicron Variant

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