How worrying is Omicron?

Moderna’s CEO warns current vaccines “will struggle with Omicron.”

“I think it’s going to be a material drop [in effectiveness]. I just don’t know how much because we need to wait for the data. But all the scientists I’ve talked to are, ‘This is not going to be good’.”

Governments prioritize health over reopening hopes

Europe and North America ban flights from southern Africa, Japan and Israel ban foreign visitors, Australia and India delay reopening borders, England reimposes mask mandates.

The stock market is reacting.

Last Friday saw the biggest single-day market drop of 2021, and stocks are poised to go lower. Investors don’t like what they’re hearing.

Others are less alarmed.

A South African doctor treating patients calls their illnesses “mild” and flu-like. President Biden cautioned against “panic” and says lockdowns are “off the table.”

What health experts say:

If you still aren’t vaccinated, do it now! If you are, get a booster, which drastically increases antibodies.

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