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US Officials Say Don’t Wait, Get a Booster Shot

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US Officials Say Don’t Wait, Get a Booster Shot

US Officials Say Don’t Wait, Get a Booster Shot

US Officials Say Don't Wait, Get a Booster Shot.

As concerns about the omicron variant and surging cases of hospitalization due to COVID-19 arise in the U.S., officials say don't wait, get your booster shot.

As concerns about the omicron variant and surging cases of hospitalization due to COVID-19 arise in the U.S., officials say don't wait, get your booster shot.

Do not wait.

Go get your booster if it's time for you to do so.

, President Joe Biden, via ABC News.

Do not wait.

Go get your booster if it's time for you to do so.

, President Joe Biden, via ABC News.

The World Health Organization has assessed the overall level of global risk related to the omicron variant to be "very high.".

The World Health Organization has assessed the overall level of global risk related to the omicron variant to be "very high.".

Vaccine makers are reportedly attempting to calculate the efficacy of current COVID-19 shots against the omicron strain.

Vaccine makers are reportedly attempting to calculate the efficacy of current COVID-19 shots against the omicron strain.

If necessary, vaccines will be altered to better address mutated strains of COVID-19.

If necessary, vaccines will be altered to better address mutated strains of COVID-19.

A lack of data has many Americans pondering whether they should hold out for readjusted vaccines.

A lack of data has many Americans pondering whether they should hold out for readjusted vaccines.

Health experts say not to wait.

I would strongly suggest you get boosted now, and not wait for the next iteration of it, which we might not even need.

, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, via ABC News.

I would strongly suggest you get boosted now, and not wait for the next iteration of it, which we might not even need.

, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, via ABC News.

Experts say that the omicron variant is likely already making its way through the United States.

Experts say that the omicron variant is likely already making its way through the United States.

We'll find out reasonably soon whether higher levels of antibody against the original vaccine that we've used, whether or not that can spill over in protection against this.

, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, via ABC News.

We'll find out reasonably soon whether higher levels of antibody against the original vaccine that we've used, whether or not that can spill over in protection against this.

, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, via ABC News


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Biden Administration Announces , Plan to Fight Omicron Variant. Biden Administration Announces , Plan to Fight Omicron Variant. 'The Washington Post' reports President Joe Biden announced his administration's plans to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Dec. 21. . 'The Washington Post' reports President Joe Biden announced his administration's plans to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Dec. 21. . The Biden administration plans to make 500 million rapid at-home tests freely available and send federal resources to aid strained health systems. The Biden administration plans to make 500 million rapid at-home tests freely available and send federal resources to aid strained health systems. According to 'The Washington Post,' the administration will deploy 1,000 members of the military to aid medical facilities. . According to 'The Washington Post,' the administration will deploy 1,000 members of the military to aid medical facilities. . ... we should all be concerned about Omicron, but not panicked .., President Biden, via 'The New York Times' . This is not March of 2020 ... Two hundred million people are vaccinated. We’re prepared; we know more, President Biden, via 'The New York Times' . The Omicron variant is spreading at an alarming rate. As of Dec. 18, of all new cases, 73% are due to Omicron infections. White House officials plead with Americans - The vaccines are our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. White House officials plead with Americans - The vaccines are our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know how to protect people from severe illness. , Statement from the White House, via 'The Washington Post'. We know how to protect people from severe illness. , Statement from the White House, via 'The Washington Post'. We have the tools needed to do it. , Statement from the White House, via 'The Washington Post'

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White House Officials Criticize Manchin for Withdrawing Support for Build Back Better Plan [Video]

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White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". However grim the outlook, Psaki says Democrats must continue to support the Biden agenda. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News

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President Biden's Virtual 'Summit for Democracy' Begins at White House [Video]

President Biden's Virtual 'Summit for Democracy' Begins at White House

President Biden's Virtual, "Summit for Democracy", Begins at White House. President Biden's Virtual, "Summit for Democracy", Begins at White House. CNN reports President Joe Biden's virtual "Summit for Democracy" convened on December 9. The summit will host over 100 participants representing world governments and private-sector leaders. Officials say the summit intends to promote democracy against the rising tide of the world's authoritarian regimes. In the face of sustained and alarming challenges to democracy, universal human rights, and all around the world, democracy needs champions. , President Joe Biden, via CNN. Though he described democracy as "inherently resilient," Biden says advocates must now more than ever "stand up for the values that unite us.". The president also announced his Initiative for Democratic Renewal at the summit. The initiative hopes to build on the United States' efforts to bolster democracy around the world. White House officials say the initiative will receive funding of up to $424.4 million. Biden began the summit with a tribute to the late civil rights icon, John Lewis. With his final words, as he was dying, ...he reminded our country: 'Democracy is not a state, it's an act.' , President Joe Biden, via CNN . Biden says his administration is ready to fight for the future of democracy. He called it "the challenge of our time.". As the world deals with the fallout of a global recession in democracy, the president says the time to act is now. As the world deals with the fallout of a global recession in democracy, the president says the time to act is now

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Young Americans Are Losing Faith in Democracy [Video]

Young Americans Are Losing Faith in Democracy

Young Americans, Are Losing Faith in Democracy. Young Americans, Are Losing Faith in Democracy. Young Americans , Are Losing Faith in Democracy. NPR News reports many young citizens of the United States are concerned about the future of the country's democracy. NPR News reports many young citizens of the United States are concerned about the future of the country's democracy. A poll conducted by the Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics shows 52% of young Americans believe US democracy is "in trouble.". A poll conducted by the Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics shows 52% of young Americans believe US democracy is "in trouble.". Merely 7% of those who participated in the study believes the democratic process in the United States is "healthy.". Merely 7% of those who participated in the study believes the democratic process in the United States is "healthy.". Nearly half of all young Republicans believe the country will experience civil war during their lifetime. Nearly half of all young Republicans believe the country will experience civil war during their lifetime. Young voters showed out in the 2020 election, propelling Joe Biden into the White House. Young voters showed out in the 2020 election, propelling Joe Biden into the White House. Nearly a year into the 79-year-old president's first term, his approval rating among young people is 46%. Nearly a year into the 79-year-old president's first term, his approval rating among young people is 46%. Last March showed a much more favorable outlook for Biden among younger citizens. 59% of them approved of his performance. The study indicates cause for concern for the mental health of the young adults of the United States. . As the COVID-19 pandemic continues onward with no end in sight, 51% of young Americans said they felt "depressed, or hopeless.". there are millions of millions of millions ...who are struggling with this on a regular basis. , Della Volpe, former advisor Biden campaign, via NPR News. there are millions of millions of millions ...who are struggling with this on a regular basis. , Della Volpe, former advisor Biden campaign, via NPR News

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COVID-19: 'Tsunami' of cases will push health systems to 'brink of collapse', says WHO chief [Video]

COVID-19: 'Tsunami' of cases will push health systems to 'brink of collapse', says WHO chief

The World Health Organization said in its weekly epidemiological report that the “overall risk” related to the omicron variant “remains very high.”

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Covid-19 update: India may see surge in days, says Cambridge tracker | Oneindia News [Video]

Covid-19 update: India may see surge in days, says Cambridge tracker | Oneindia News

A Cambridge Covid-19 case tracker has predited that India may see a spurt in the Covid-19 growth rate within days and head into an intense but short-lived virus wave. At the same time, the World Health Organization says the number of COVID-19 cases recorded worldwide increased by 11% last week. This and more news at 9 PM. #Covid19 #IndiaCovidUpdate #IndiaCovidCases

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Experts Approach Omicron With Cautious Optimism [Video]

Experts Approach Omicron With Cautious Optimism

Experts Approach Omicron , With Cautious Optimism. Experts Approach Omicron , With Cautious Optimism. CNBC reports per the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant is now known to have caused infections in 89 different countries. CNBC reports per the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant is now known to have caused infections in 89 different countries. But experts say there is still hope amid the overarching fear of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early data suggests the Omicron variant may not be any worse than previous variants and may also be much milder. In South Africa, officials say death and hospitalizations aren't keeping pace with infections. . In South Africa, officials say death and hospitalizations aren't keeping pace with infections. . A recent study from the University of Hong Kong found the new variant is highly infectious. A recent study from the University of Hong Kong found the new variant is highly infectious. Researchers have also found that an Omicron infection in the lungs can be significantly less severe. Experts say the spread of the Omicron variant could result in more severe variants of COVID-19 in the future. The overall threat from the Omicron variant is likely to be very significant. , Dr. Michael Chan Chi-wai, Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong, via CNBC. Research thus far suggests booster doses of the coronavirus vaccines offer ample protection against the Omicron variant. If we get that third dose, the booster, it strengthens that outer line of defense and we are back to where we were maybe six months ago. , Benjamin Cowling, professor, School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, via CNBC. If we get that third dose, the booster, it strengthens that outer line of defense and we are back to where we were maybe six months ago. , Benjamin Cowling, professor, School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, via CNBC

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WHO Officials Sound the Alarm on Omicron [Video]

WHO Officials Sound the Alarm on Omicron

WHO Officials, Sound the Alarm on Omicron. Reuters reports World Health Organization officials say the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is quickly outpacing the previously dominant Delta strain. There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. Experts say it would be "unwise" to assume the new variant is less severe than previous strains. Experts say it would be "unwise" to assume the new variant is less severe than previous strains. It is more likely people vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 could be infected or re-infected. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. The WHO urges all to postpone holiday festivities this year. WHO officials say holiday gatherings this year could ultimately result in "increased cases, overwhelmed health systems and more deaths.". WHO officials say holiday gatherings this year could ultimately result in "increased cases, overwhelmed health systems and more deaths.". An event canceled is better than a life canceled. , Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general World Health Organization, via Reuters. Despite rising fears, WHO officials say 2022 could be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite rising fears, WHO officials say 2022 could be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. (We) hope to consign this disease to a relatively mild disease that is easily prevented, that is easily treated. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters. (We) hope to consign this disease to a relatively mild disease that is easily prevented, that is easily treated. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters. If we can keep virus transmission to a minimum, then we can bring the pandemic to an end. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters. If we can keep virus transmission to a minimum, then we can bring the pandemic to an end. , Mike Ryan, emergency expert WHO, via Reuters

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COVID: Better to cancel Christmas events than grieve later, warns WHO chief amid Omicron spread [Video]

COVID: Better to cancel Christmas events than grieve later, warns WHO chief amid Omicron spread

"An event cancelled is better than a life cancelled," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, highlighting data suggesting Omicron spreads "significantly faster" than the Delta variant.

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