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Pfizer says third Covid vaccine shot for kids under 5 is 80% effective against omicron

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A healthcare worker administers a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at vaccination site in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Pfizer and BioNTech‘s three-dose Covid vaccine for children......

WHO says omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have spread to over a dozen countries

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here coronavirus impact business and economy Mf3d | E+ | Getty Images Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have been detected in more than a dozen countries, helping fuel sporadic Covid outbreaks across the world, but the heavily mutated strains are still......

Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants, large study finds

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A woman takes a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a pop-up testing site as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 27, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 5 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the......

Virus mutations aren’t slowing down. New omicron subvariant proves it.

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here During those terrifying early days of the pandemic, scientists offered one piece of reassuring news about the novel coronavirus: It mutated slowly. The earliest mutations did not appear to be consequential. A vaccine, if and when it was invented,......

COVID’s new Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity from past infection, study says

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A man receives a booster shot for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a McDonald’s, as the Omicron coronavirus variant spreads through the country, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JOHANNESBURG, May 1 (Reuters) – Two new sublineages......

Omicron, trade weigh on U.S. economy in first quarter

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First-quarter GDP declines at 1.4% rate Inventories, trade masking underlying economic strength Business investment surges; consumer spending strong Weekly jobless claims fall 5,000 to 180,000 WASHINGTON, April 28(Reuters) – The U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the first quarter amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and drop in pandemic relief money......

New York Gov. Hochul warns of ‘rising tide’ of Covid cases as omicron subvariants drive spike in infections

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Kathy Hochul, governor of New York, speaks during a news conference in New York, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg | Getty Images Two mutated strains of the highly transmissible omicron variant of Covid-19 are the main......

WHO is tracking omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants as they spread through Africa and Europe

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are circulating at low levels in several countries within Southern Africa and Europe, according to the World Health Organization.  The two subvariants of the highly contagious Covid-19 strain have been detected in Botswana, South Africa,......

S.Korea to lift most COVID curbs next week as Omicron wanes

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SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – South Korea said on Friday it will drop most COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions next week including a midnight curfew on eateries as the Omicron surge in cases shows signs of waning, although people will still have to wear masks. From April 18, the midnight curfew on......

Omicron spawns U.S. search for better kids’ masks, new standard

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LOS ANGELES, April 8 (Reuters) – The fast-spreading Omicron variant stoked U.S. interest in better masks for children to ward off COVID-19, and that is adding fuel to an effort that could set the stage for domestic oversight of their quality. Adult N95 masks are federally regulated and considered a......

UK has detected a new Covid variant. Here’s what we know so far about omicron XE

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here According to the Office for National Statistics, 4.9 million people in Britain, or 1 in 13, were infected with Covid-19 as of March 26 — a record high since its survey began in April 2020. Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON......

CDC director says high immunity in U.S. population provides some protection against omicron BA.2

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky gives her opening statement during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on “Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response” on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 4,......

IPO deals in China and Hong Kong slump as omicron cases jump

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here The number of public listings in greater China fell significantly in the first quarter of the year, but still performed better than other global markets, data from consultancy EY showed. Greater China overall had a 28% drop in the number......

More contagious omicron BA.2 on track to displace other variants in U.S. in next two weeks

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A resident receives a Covid-19 swab test during a mobile clinic at Saint Paul MB Church in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Rory Doyle | Bloomberg | Getty Images The more contagious omicron BA.2 subvariant now makes up......

Omicron BA.2 subvariant now nearly a quarter of new COVID cases in U.S., CDC estimates

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The BA.2 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant now makes up nearly a quarter of new COVID-19 infections nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated Tuesday, up from around 1 in 10 new cases just a week prior. ......

Explainer: Omicron ‘stealth’ COVID variant BA.2 now dominant globally

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Policemen and staff workers get tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a makeshift nucleic acid testing centre inside barriers of an area under lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China March 24, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 29......

Omicron ‘stealth’ variant BA.2 is spreading rapidly in China

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here People line up for nucleic acid testing at a temporary Covid-19 testing site on March 22, 2022 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — As mainland China battles its worst Covid-19......

Omicron BA.2 subvariant will soon dominate in U.S., but Fauci doesn’t expect another surge

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the Omicron coronavirus variant during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, December 1, 2021. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Omicron’s more contagious subvariant, BA.2, has more than doubled in prevalence over the past......

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