The Omicron Rethink, Kazakhstan’s Protests and More

President Joe Biden meets with the White House COVID-19 Response Team to discuss the omicron variant, Washington, Jan. 4, 2022 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
President Joe Biden meets with the White House COVID-19 Response Team to discuss the omicron variant, Washington, Jan. 4, 2022 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).
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With the explosive spread of the omicron variant throughout the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, the coronavirus pandemic seems to be entering yet another new phase that is generating as much uncertainty as all the previous ones that have preceded it. Once again, the habits of thought and preventive reflexes acquired over the course of the past two years are being called into question, this time by the new variant’s ability to evade immunity—whether from vaccines or previous infections—as well as its combination of heightened contagiousness and seemingly reduced severity. That combination has raised hopes that COVID-19 is now transitioning from […]

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