The first cases of Omicron have been detected in the United States; the San Francisco department of public health has confirmed a case from a South African traveler on December 1st. Since then, 23 states have found the Omicron strain (those testing positive have a wide range of vaccination statuses). So far, only one person has been confirmed to have died from Omicron in the UK. Omicron is more transmissible than other variants but so far has not been cited as more deadly. The CDC has reported 43 cases and zero deaths in the United States as of December 13, 2021.

An Israeli study has concluded that a booster can provide significant protection against the new Omicron variant. In response, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that new restrictions and potential booster requirements are in the works to combat Omicron. YouGov has reported a large drop in Johnson’s poll ratings, which has been linked to Covid faux pax

The Biden administration has indicated that no further travel restrictions should be required to defeat Omicron and instead will focus on vaccination regimens. Conservatives find the increase in vaccine mandates for younger individuals concerning due to Vaccine Adverse Event Report System (VAERS) data showing upticks in myocarditis (heart inflammation) from mRNA vaccines. Myocarditis and Pericarditis from Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more predominant in young adults 18–29 years old.

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The rapid spread of the Omicron variant further highlights the need for Americans to get vaccinated and get their booster shots. These vaccines are the most effective weapon in our arsenal to end the pandemic. Americans must get vaccinated to avoid economic shutdowns, allowing them to engage in relatively normal activity with a substantially lessened risk of a severe coronavirus case. The Biden Administration has consistently pushed for vaccinations and will continue to do so.

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Omicron may be more infectious, but it is also less deadly. There has been one death with no report on the individual’s underlying conditions. Governments are using omicron to implement stricter vaccine mandates on children, some of whom have experienced adverse effects. What is worse is that children are not at high risk for Covid, Delta, or any less deadly variant that crops up. Those at risk have access to the vaccine if they want; lockdowns and mandates are unnecessary and unscientific.

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The Atlantic
Omicron’s Explosive Growth is a Warning Sign

The Atlantic contributor Sarah Zhang discusses the rapidly spreading Omicron variant and how uncertainty surrounding the variant presents serious dangers. She also covers the tools the health community has to fight Omicron.

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Dec 8, 2021
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CNBC
Omicron can hit fully vaccinated, Oxford study says, as UK prepares for tidal wave of cases

Scientists have found that two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines are substantially less effective at warding off Omicron than previous variants of the coronavirus.

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Dec 14, 2021
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New York Times (News)
Tracking Omicron and Other Coronavirus Variants

This article includes a world map tracking Omicron.

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Feb 11, 2022
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The View
Omicron Variant Arrives in United States

The cohosts of The View discuss the confirmation of an Omicron case in the United States. They argue that the Trump Administration is responsible for politicizing the virus and its failed response to Covid-19.

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Dec 2, 2021
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Rumble
WEBINAR | Military Vaccine Mandates: a National Security Catastrophe

The list of people who have suffered serious adverse effects, likely from the vaccine, continues to grow on the government’s own voluntary Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Victims who believe the vaccines injured them are routinely ignored, censored, and accused of spreading misinformation by the very institutions and agencies tasked with investigating their claims. Expert panelists discuss how mandates pose catastrophic risks to U.S. service members, military readiness, and national security.

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Oct 21, 2021
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Pub Med
Myocarditis after Covid-19 Vaccination in a Large Health Care Organization

Among patients in a large Israeli health care system who had received at least one dose of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine, the estimated incidence of myocarditis was 2.13 cases per 100,000 persons; the highest incidence was among male patients between the ages of 16 and 29 years. Most cases of myocarditis were mild or moderate in severity.

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Dec 2, 2021
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American Heart Association
Clinically Suspected Myocarditis Temporally Related to COVID-19 Vaccination in Adolescents and Young Adults

Conclusions: Most cases of suspected COVID-19 vaccine myocarditis occurring in persons <21 years have a mild clinical course with rapid resolution of symptoms. Abnormal findings on cMRI were frequent. Future studies should evaluate risk factors, mechanisms, and long-term outcomes.

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Dec 6, 2021
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National Institute of Health
Shedding the Light on Post-Vaccine Myocarditis and Pericarditis in COVID-19 and Non-COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients

Our study suggests that myocarditis adverse events are linked to vaccine type, technology, age, and sex of the vaccinated individuals. Based on VAERS data, post-vaccine myocarditis was most frequently reported for live vaccines, or vaccines that behave like live vaccines such as mRNA and possibly viral vector vaccines versus inactivated vaccines. This approach can be applied for conducting similar analyses involving other side effects or other vaccines. Hence, our workflow stands ready for following up on an alarming report from the CDC.

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