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What is Omicron, where did it come from, and how dangerous is it?

On November 9, a specimen of SARS-CoV-2 was taken from an infected patient in Botswana. Genomic analysis quickly revealed this specimen to be a novel variant, initially dubbed B.1.1.529. The variant has now been named 'Omicron' by the WHO. So what do we know?

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