Category: Political Bullsh!t

Political Bullsh!t

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron COVID-19 variant leads to more severe disease

The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency’s statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

  • The WHO named Omicron “a variant of concern” based on evidence that the strain possesses significant mutations that may evade immune systems and drive a new wave of infections.
  • The agency reiterated that preliminary data suggests there may be a “higher risk of reinfection” with Omicron, adding that the “number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant.”

What they’re saying: “Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron,” the organization said in a statement.

  • “There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants,” it continued.
  • “WHO will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.”

Go deeper: Fauci: Omicron variant will “inevitably” be found in U.S.

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28Nov
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Scoop: Germany urges Congress not to sanction Nord Stream 2

The German government has urged members of Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing that doing so will “weaken” U.S. credibility and “ultimately damage transatlantic...

28Nov
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Fauci: Omicron variant will “inevitably” be found in U.S.

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will “inevitably” be found in the United States....

28Nov
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Dems fear supply-chain blame – Axios

As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame. Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and...

28Nov
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Car buyers face steep learning curve on green car choices

Americans are more open than ever to trading in their gas cars for electrified vehicles — but they’re flummoxed by the confusing array of green options arriving in showrooms. Why it matters:...

28Nov
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NY declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron COVID variant

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency amid rising COVID-19 cases and the newly-identified Omicron variant of the virus. Driving the news: The declaration enables the state to...

28Nov
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Black Friday shopping up from 2020 but trails pre-pandemic levels

More shoppers flocked to stores on Black Friday this year compared to last, but online shopping was lower than expected, according to data from Friday. Driving the news: Online shopping was on the lower...

28Nov
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COVID-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Europe, U.K.

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they’ve detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant. Why it matters: The discoveries come...

27Nov
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From Malcolm X to “Free Britney,” new media shapes the justice system

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome. Why it matters: New media platforms can...

27Nov
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The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms. Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates...

27Nov
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Trump can’t quit mainstream media

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa issued a rebuttal on Friday to a statement by former President Donald Trump that misrepresented their reporting — and once again showed the 45th president’s thin skin...

27Nov
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Americans are super-sizing their holiday travel — and bringing work along

Americans are rushing back into holiday travel, and many are taking even longer trips now than they did before the pandemic began. The big picture: After skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings...

27Nov
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America’s treat-yourself shopping season – Axios

Inflation is driving prices up, but that’s not keeping people out of stores. What’s happening: Retail sales climbed for the third straight month in October — and industry experts say holiday...

27Nov
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Manchin ready to further slash ambitions for Biden spending bill

During his six years as governor, Sen. Joe Manchin developed a rough three-part test he’s taken to Washington: Are proposed programs paid for? Do they have bipartisan support? And do they solve a...

27Nov
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COVID vaccines of the future might not be shots

As vaccine makers pursue the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines, some are working to develop products that wouldn’t require a shot. Why it matters: Delivering a vaccine through a pill or a nasal...

27Nov
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Department of Interior report proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were “outdated.”...

26Nov
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Norway’s Carlsen set to defend World Chess Championship title

The World Chess Championship between Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title. Why it matters: During...

26Nov
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U.S. to restrict travel from 8 countries over Omicron variant fears

The U.S. will impose new travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID strain first detected in South Africa, senior administration officials said Friday. The big picture: Travel...

26Nov
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Fauci: U.S. “rushing” to get scientific data about new COVID variant

U.S. public health officials were set to speak Friday with their South Africa counterparts as they sought scientific details about a new COVID-19 variant already prompting European and Asian countries to...

26Nov
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Europe, Asia tighten borders in fear of new COVID variant B.1.1.529

Countries across Europe and Asia are rushing through new travel restrictions in response to a new COVID variant identified by scientists in South Africa. The big picture: Israel, Japan, the U.K., France,...

26Nov
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Solomon Islands PM blames unrest on foreign powers as Australian police arrive

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Friday “foreign powers” were to blame for days of unrest in the South Pacific nation. Why it...