The latest on the Omicron variant

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This Thanksgiving weekend many people in the world were reacting to the latest, heavily mutated COVID-19 variant that was first detected in Botswana. On Friday, the World Health Organization called the new strain – Omicron – a type of concern.

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We don’t know much about this new strain, even as countries around the world are scrambling to get ahead of it with travel restrictions. But last night, Canada confirmed the first two North American cases of the variant in Ontario.

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Guest: Director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Namandje N Bumps; and Nerdshala’ Sarah Fisher and Dave Lawler.


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