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FDA working to investigate omicron variant

Former White House vaccine coordinator Dr. Bechara Choucair discusses concerns over the new omicron variant as the FDA is working to obtain genetic information and patient samples.
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VIDEO: FDA working to investigate omicron variant
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Live updates: Switzerland to postpone presidential party

Switzerland is putting off a planned party for its next president and considering enhanced restrictive measures amid rising coronavirus case counts and concerns about the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant
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FILE - A medical worker prepares a shot of Russia's Sputnik Lite coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in the GUM, State Department store, in Red Square with the St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 26, 2021. The developer of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine said Monday Nov. 29, 2021, that it will immediately start working on adapting that COVID-19 vaccine to counter the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
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Brazil sees 2 confirmed omicron cases, Latin America's 1st

Health officials in Brazil have reported the country’s first confirmed cases of the omicron variant in two travelers returning from South Africa, the first such cases in Latin America
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States: Sackler family members abusing bankruptcy process

States have credible claims that family members took more than $10 billion.
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2021, file photo, fake pill bottles with messages about OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma are displayed during a protest outside the courthouse where the bankruptcy of the company is taking place in White Plains, N.Y. A federal judge should reject a sweeping settlement to thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, a group of states said at a hearing Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 arguing that the protections it extends to members of the Sackler family who own the firm are improper. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses OK'd in NYC

New York City says the first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in the city in hopes of curbing deadly overdoses
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In this June 19, 2018, photo, a safe needle disposal container hangs in the bathroom of VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing overdoses, the mayor and health commissioner said Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Pentagon chief says Guard who refuse vaccine cannot train

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says no member of the National Guard will be allowed to participate in drills or other training required to maintain their status in the Guard unless they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or are given an exemption
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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1st French omicron case on Indian Ocean island of Reunion

Economic powerhouses Japan and France are reporting their first cases of the omicron variant, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm
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People wear face mask to protect against the coronavirus at the public transport station Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. According to local authorities wearing face masks mandatory in public transport and passengers need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested negative of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Omicron variant cases confirmed in at least 18 countries

Dr. Alok Patel at Stanford Children’s Health discusses the modification of vaccines since the detection of the new variant and how concerned Americans should be.
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VIDEO: Omicron variant cases confirmed in at least 18 countries
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Mexico to reverse course, give COVID-19 booster shots

Mexican officials have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and are studying a plan to administer third doses to people over 60
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FILE - Persons over 60-years-old wait in observation after receiving their second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the University Olympic Stadium in Mexico City, April 12, 2021. Mexican officials announced Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, that they have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and are studying a plan to administer third doses to people over 60. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
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California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

California corrections officials have begun limiting medical parole only to inmates so ill they are on ventilators
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FILE - A wheelchair-bound inmate wheels himself through a checkpoint at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., on April 9, 2008. California corrections officials have begun limiting medical parole only to inmates so ill they are on ventilators. They are citing a federal rule change as the reason inmates who are quadriplegic or have other severe permanent disabilities no longer can be placed in nursing homes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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Panel weighs safety, effectiveness of Merck's COVID-19 pill

U.S. health advisers are reviewing Merck's closely watched COVID-19 pill, which could become the first easy-to-use drug for American patients
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FILE - This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication molnupiravir. An experimental COVID-19 drug that could soon become the first U.S.-authorized pill to treat the coronavirus faces one final hurdle Tuesday: A panel of government experts will scrutinize data on the medication from drugmaker Merck. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)
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US tracking of virus variants has improved after slow start

The U.S. has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early this year
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FILE - James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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Polish women protest attempts to further restrict abortion

Women’s rights activists in Poland used red paint symbolizing blood to protest a government plan to register every pregnancy in a national database and a proposal to further restrict abortion
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A view of dummies in a street to signify women who are suffering because of Poland's restrictive abortion law and a proposal for further restrictions, during a demonstration in front of parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Women’s rights activists used red paint symbolizing blood to protest a government plan to register every pregnancy in a national database and a proposal to further restrict abortion. The activists fear the database will allow authorities to track whether pregnancies end in a birth. Poland last year restricted its already conservative abortion law and abortions are now only allowed in cases of rape or incest, of if the woman’s life or health is in danger. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 30

What to know about new COVID-19 variant omicron

"It's something that, in real time, we're learning more and more about."
November 30
People lineup to get tested for Covid at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 26, 2021.
November 30

Face masks again mandatory in England amid variant spread

Britain says it will offer all adults a booster dose of vaccine within two months to bolster the nation’s immunity as the new omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads
November 30
Commuters in a London underground tube train wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, now mandatory on public transport in Britain after the emergence of new Omicron variant, in London, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
November 30

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Next to a North Texas day care center is a site where Total Energies is pumping for natural gas
November 30
November 30

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Next to a North Texas day care center is a site where Total Energies is pumping for natural gas
November 30
November 30

Greece mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for residents over 60

Greece says residents over 60 will have to undergo mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19 or face monthly 100-euro ($114) fine beginning next year
November 30
Commuters wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 are seen in a bus, in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Greece reported a new record high for daily COVID-19 infections on Monday as vaccination appointments shot up after new restrictions on unvaccinated people kicked in over the weekend. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
November 30

New York has authorized safe injection sites for drug users, which would be the 1st to operate openly in the U.S.

New York has authorized safe injection sites for drug users, which would be the 1st to operate openly in the U.S.
November 30
November 30

Russian coronavirus-denying monk given prison sentence

A court in Moscow has convicted a monk who denied the coronavirus' existence and castigated the Kremlin on accusations of encouraging suicides
November 30
FILE - In this handout photo released by Basmanny Court via Moscow News Agency, Father Sergiy, a Russian monk who has defied the Russian Orthodox Church's leadership, stands in a cage prior to a court session in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 29, 2020. Father Sergiy, who castigated the Kremlin and denied the coronavirus existence was convicted Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 on accusations of encouraging suicides and handed a 3 1/2-year prison sentence. (Basmanny Court, Moscow News Agency photo via AP, File)
November 30

Czech politicians put aside difference to back booster plan

The Czech Republic's outgoing and incoming prime ministers have put aside their differences to support an initiative to administer 1 million COVID-19 booster shots in a week
November 30
A general view of a Christmas market in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Due to the high rise in COVID-19 infections, Czech government banned Christmas markets in the whole country as of the evening of Friday Nov. 26, 2021. (Roman Vondrous/CTK via AP)
November 30

EMA chief says EU is ready to deal with new omicron variant

The European Union’s medical agency chief said Tuesday that it is ready to deal with the new omicron variant, and that it will take two weeks to have an indication whether the current COVID-19 vaccines will be able to deal with it
November 30
Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Emer Cooke speaks during an Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee at the European parliament in Brussels, Tuesday Nov. 30, 2021. Cooke gave an update on the situation around COVID-19 vaccines, including reviews, authorizations for pediatric use and boosters, as well as recent developments in COVID-19 therapeutics and the general epidemiological situation in the EU. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
November 30

Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Japan has confirmed its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a Namibian diplomat who recently arrived from his country
November 30
People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk along a street in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 30

Dutch health authority says it found new omicron coronavirus variant in local cases going back 11 days

Dutch health authority says it found new omicron coronavirus variant in local cases going back 11 days
November 30
November 30

Top German court upholds disputed national COVID measures

Germany’s highest court has rejected complaints against curfews and other restrictions imposed by federal legislation earlier this year in areas where the coronavirus was spreading quickly
November 30
People with candles walk along the old town of Erfurt, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 20212. In the state capital, hundreds of people have gathered for an unannounced Corona protest. The incidence of corona in Thuringia continued to rise at the start of the week. (Martin Schutt/dpa via AP)
November 30

Japan confirms first case of new omicron coronavirus variant, a person who arrived from Namibia

Japan confirms first case of new omicron coronavirus variant, a person who arrived from Namibia
November 30
November 30

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Next to a North Texas day care center is a site where Total Energies is pumping for natural gas
November 30
November 29

‘Very early days’ in knowledge of omicron variant

ABC News contributor Dr. John Brownstein discusses what we do and don’t know about the new omicron variant and its impact on controlling the pandemic.
November 29
VIDEO: ‘Very early days’ in knowledge of omicron variant
November 29

Omicron variant creates ‘incredible uncertainty’: Dr. Richard Besser

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO Dr. Richard Besser on the potential threat from the omicron variant and what it means for the battle against COVID-19.
November 29
VIDEO: Omicron variant creates ‘incredible uncertainty’: Dr. Richard Besser
November 29

China to donate 600 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa

China has pledged to donate 600 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines to Africa as the world grapples with the unequal distribution of the shots between rich and poor countries
November 29
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) via video link in Beijing on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. China has pledged to donate 600 million doses of its COVID vaccines to Africa as the world grapples with the unequal distribution of the shots between rich and poor countries. (Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via AP)
November 29

LA begins enforcing strict mandate requiring proof of vax

Enforcement began in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country
November 29
Patrons Naomi and Troy DeMontmorency, from Kern County, Calif., show their digital vaccination certificates to waiter Juan Rodrigues, left, before being allowed to enter the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
November 29

Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states

A federal judge has blocked President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement
November 29
FILE - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks during a news conference in St. Louis on Aug. 6, 2020. A federal judge has blocked President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on health care workers in 10 states. The preliminary injunction issued Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, applies to a coalition of suing states. They are Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
November 29

The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday broadened its recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is identified in more countries
November 29
Passengers queue to check in at Heathrow Airport in London, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said mask-wearing in shops and on public transport will be required, starting Tuesday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 29

13 omicron cases in Portuguese soccer team

Portuguese health authorities say they have identified 13 cases of omicron.
November 29
Residents wait to be inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines outside a school during the first day of a nationwide three-day vaccination drive in Quezon city, Philippines on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. There has been no reported infection so far caused by the new variant in the Philippines, a Southeast Asian pandemic hotspot where COVID-19 cases have considerably dropped to below 1,000 each day in recent days, but the emergence of the Omicron variant has set off a new alarm. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
November 29

Oklahoma bid for Guard exception to vaccine mandate denied

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has rejected a request by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt that his state’s National Guard be exempt from a Pentagon requirement that all military members be vaccinated against COVID-19
November 29
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
November 29

Biden pushes shots, not more restrictions as variant spreads

Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and to receive a booster shot.
November 29
FILE - President Joe Biden speaks as he announces that he is nominating Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Nov. 22, 2021. The Biden administration on Friday, Nov. 26, called for an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 29

South Africa’s concern with omicron COVID-19 variant

ABC News producer Liezl Thom joins from Pretoria, South Africa, to share insight on the new omicron COVID-19 variant and how the country is responding.
November 29
VIDEO: South Africa’s concern with omicron COVID-19 variant
November 29

Omicron variant drives fears of potential new COVID-19 wave

ABC News contributor Dr. John Brownstein speaks on the effectiveness of the vaccine and COVID-related mandates after the omicron variant became present in more than a dozen countries.
November 29
VIDEO: Omicron variant drives fears of potential new COVID-19 wave
November 29

CDC strengthens COVID-19 booster shot recommendation to include all adults as new omicron variant spreads

CDC strengthens COVID-19 booster shot recommendation to include all adults as new omicron variant spreads
November 29
November 29

Court denies Massachusetts hospital workers' vaccine appeal

The Supreme Court has turned away an emergency appeal from employees at the largest hospital system in Massachusetts who object to the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds
November 29
November 29

What to know about the new COVID-19 omicron variant

The new variant, first identified in southern Africa, is a variant of concern according to the World Health Organization.
November 29
The new variant, first identified in southern Africa, is a variant of concern according to the World Health Organization.
November 29

German governors, Merkel to discuss virus amid high cases

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks with the governors of Germany’s 16 states amid growing concern about the steep rise in new coronavirus cases in the country
November 29
A woman prepares her face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
November 29

UN: Early evidence shows global risk from omicron variant is “very high”; future surges may have “severe consequences”

UN: Early evidence shows global risk from omicron variant is “very high”; future surges may have “severe consequences”
November 29
November 29

Couple detained on plane after leaving Dutch quarantine

Dutch military police have arrested a husband and wife who left a hotel where they were being quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 and boarded a plane bound for Spain
November 29
Exterior view of the hotel in Badhoevedorp near Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, where Dutch authorities have isolated 61 people who tested positive for COVID-19 on two arriving flights originating from South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Authorities are carrying out further investigations to see if any of the travelers have the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
November 29

UK set to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

A body will decide whether to expand the booster program.
November 29
Passengers get a COVID-19 test at a Testing Centre at Heathrow Airport in London, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said mask-wearing in shops and on public transport will be required, starting Tuesday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
November 29

Vaccine could be adapted to fight omicron variant

The developer of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine says it will work on adapting it to the new omicron COVID-19 variant
November 29
FILE - A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 as seniors and those considered high risk for contagion are eligible at a vaccination center set up in the parking lot of the Armed Forces Social Prevision Institute (IPSFA) in Caracas, Venezuela, June 7, 2021. On Monday, the U.S. will implement a new air travel policy to allow in foreign citizens who have completed a course of a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. That leaves people in Mexico, Hungary, Russia and elsewhere who received the non-approved Russian Sputnik V vaccine or the China-produced CanSino vaccine ineligible to board U.S.-bound flights. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix,. File)
November 29

Doctor: Many South Africans ill in surge have mild symptoms

South African doctors say the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases attributed to the new omicron variant is resulting in mostly mild symptoms
November 29
A man receives a dose of a vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine centre, in Soweto, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organization has urged countries not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 29

EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know about omicron variant

The World Health Organization says it could still take some time to get a full picture of the threat posed by omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus as scientists worldwide scramble to assess its multiple mutations
November 29
November 29

Fauci fires back at Cruz over COVID claims about Chinese lab

Sen. Ted Cruz suggested Fauci be investigated for statements about COVID-19.
November 29
Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks as Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listens during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
November 29

Millions of German state employees to get raise, COVID bonus

About 3.5 million state-level employees and civil servants in Germany will receive a 2.8% raise and a tax-free COVID-19 bonus of about $1,470 next year
November 29
Employees of public services attend a rally for better payment in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. About 3.5 million state-level employees and civil servants in Germany will receive a 2.8 percent raise and a tax-free COVID bonus of 1,300 euros, 1,470) Dollars, next year. Poster in center reads: 'Systemically relevant then pays us that way'. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)