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What We Know And Don’t Know About The Omicron Variant

People walk through Manhattan with surgical masks as fears of the coronavirus spreading through the U.S. increase in New York City.
People walk through Manhattan with surgical masks as fears of the coronavirus spreading through the U.S. increase in New York City.

Despite its recent discovery in South Africa, Dutch health officials announced that a few cases of the Omicron variant have been circulating in the Netherlands for nearly two weeks.

As scientists scramble to establish a timeline, they’re also trying to learn more about the variant itself.

How long will it take scientists to determine some certainties about Omicron – its transmissibility, its severity, and most of all, the vaccines’ effectiveness against it?

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