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What we know about the Omicron variant

South Africa first reported the Omicron coronavirus variant to the World Health Organization on November 24. Vaccine and drug developers are preparing for the Omicron variant to turn into the next major challenge of the pandemic. Here’s what we know so far.

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What we know about the Omicron variant
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    The science behind omicron

    The constellation of mutations Omicron carries is concerning, partly because many of them are completely new to science, experts told Insider.

    Here are all the mutations in the Omicron variant and why they are scaring scientists

    Here are all the mutations in the Omicron variant and why they are scaring scientists

    What to know about Vaccine Protection

    "The profile of the mutation strongly suggests that it's going to have an advantage in transmissibility," Dr. Fauci said.

    How to stay safe

    In a Tuesday briefing with the White House's COVID-19 response team, Dr. Fauci said existing pandemic measures should work against the newly detected variant.

    Those infected with omicron

    Scientists are still unsure whether Omicron poses a greater danger than other variants or what the variant's risk of severe disease is.

    New Drug Options

    "I'm very, very confident that this drug works for all known mutations," Pfizer told CNBC.

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