Omicron Variant a Cause for Concern, Not Panic, Says Biden

WASHINGTON — The newly discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19 is “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic,” President Biden said Monday. “We have the best vaccine in the world, the best medicines, the best scientists, and we’re learning more every single day,” Biden said during a speech in the Roosevelt Room of the…

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Omar, Boebert blast one another after tense call

Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Boebert apologizes to Muslims as Democrats call for ‘real action to confront racism’ MORE (D-Minn.) and Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertGOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if…

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Judge halts Biden vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states

A federal court on Monday temporarily halted the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers at hospitals that receive federal funding.The ruling by a Missouri-based federal judge applies to health care employees in the 10 states that sued to block the administration’s Nov. 5 rule. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Mis

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Biden administration to delay enforcement of federal worker vaccine mandate until next year

WASHINGTON — Federal workers will not be punished for failing to comply with President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate until next year, the White House announced Monday.The deadline for federal workers to receive the vaccine or face suspension or firing was Nov. 22. The White House said 96.5% of the 3.5 million employee workforce, the country’s…

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WHO warns omicron poses ‘very high’ global risk as variant spreads

LONDON — The global risk of the new omicron variant is “very high,” the World Health Organization said Monday, as more countries reported cases of the variant that has sparked worldwide concern that there is more pandemic suffering ahead.As cases of the variant are confirmed around the world, an increasing number of nations are tightening…

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South African doctor who first spotted the omicron Covid variant explains the symptoms

Member of the medical staff work in the hallways of the Intensive Care Unit where Covid-19 patients are hospitalised at the Etterbeek-Ixelles Hospital on April 6, 2021, in Brussels.JOHN THYS | AFP | Getty ImagesCovid symptoms linked to the new omicron variant have been described as “extremely mild” by the South African doctor who first…

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