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Chile confirms first case of Omicron variant

Chile said Saturday it had found its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in a traveler who arrived late last month from Ghana.

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Contact tracing revs up in some states as omicron reaches US

The arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how ...


Covid booster urged for people 18 and over in Canada

A Canadian government immunization advisory committee on Friday urged Covid-19 booster shots for people 18 and older who are at greater risk of infection, while also strongly recommending those 50 years-plus to get the third ...


Higher frequency cannabis use tied to demographic factors

(HealthDay)—Higher frequency cannabis use is more common among young and racial minority populations, and individuals with low socioeconomic status, according to a study published online Nov. 30 in JAMA Network Open.

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Australia reports first locally transmitted Omicron cases

Australia on Friday reported three students at a Sydney school have tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the country's first cases of community transmission of the new strain.

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Omicron coronavirus variant found in multiple US states

The omicron variant of COVID-19, which had been undetected in the U.S. before the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday, showing yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate ...

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WHO says no Omicron deaths yet, as variant spreads worldwide

The Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported, the WHO said on Friday, as authorities worldwide rushed to stem the heavily mutated COVID-19 strain's spread amid warnings that it ...


Variants, boosters turn rich-poor vaccine gap into chasm

The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines fairly already scaled back its pledge to the world's poor once. Now, to meet even that limited promise, COVAX would have to deliver more than a million doses every hour ...

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Omicron confirmed in man who attended NYC anime convention

A man who attended an anime convention in New York City in late November tested positive for the omicron variant of the coronavirus when he returned home to Minnesota, marking the second case of the variant in the U.S. and ...

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