Where did the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 come from, and what does it mean for the future of the pandemic?
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?