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COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT SPREADING FAST IN US

Variant found in almost a third of states

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The Omicron, the latest, most contagious and deadliest variant of Covid-19 coronavirus disease,  has now spread to about one-third of US states.

But the Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 cases nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday, December 5.

 The emergence of the new variant, now also found in many other countries including Europe, has caused wordlwide alarm.

At least 15 US states have reported Omicron cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant still accounts for 99.9% of the 90,000 to 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the United States, according to the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vaccine makers start work on jabs versus Omicron

BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are working on vaccines that specifically target Omicron in case their existing shots are not effective against the new coronavirus variant, the companies said on Monday, November 29.

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BioNTech SE said it had started work on a vaccine tailored to Omicron, along with partner Pfizer.

Moderna Inc said it could take months to begin shipping such a vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson is also evaluating the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine against Omicron, while also pursuing a vaccine specific to the variant.

The variant’s emergence has triggered a strong global response as countries worry that it could spread fast even in vaccinated populations.