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Keidy Ventura, 17, receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in West New York, N.J. Pfizer has asked federal regulators to expand the eligibility for booster shots to include 16- and 17-year-olds. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution after administering a COVID-19 test in Los Angeles, Calif. Increased testing could help in efforts to detect and track new variants like omicron. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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A COVID-19 antiviral pill called molnupiravir from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics is being considered by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in the coronavirus pandemic. Merck & Co Inc./Handout via Reuters hide caption

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Despite omicron, Ron DeSantis remains firmly against lockdowns and vaccine mandates

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, seen here in a December 2019 file photo, joins the Republican field of possible candidates aiming to capture Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat in next year's election. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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The omicron variant might have originated in someone with a suppressed immune system

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A boy scared to get his COVID shot whispered his high-risk friend's name for courage

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What we know about the omicron variant

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Dutch health authorities say they've identified early cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus — including one from a sample taken the week before South Africa raised the alarm about the mutated variant. Other cases were found through tests at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in August. He called on Western nations on Sunday to scrap travel restrictions placed on southern Africa to stem the spread of the omicron variant. "The prohibition of travel is not informed by science nor will it be effective in preventing the spread of this variant," he said. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters hide caption

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NIH Director Collins says omicron variant questions will be answered as data come in

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White House prepares for the chance COVID vaccines won't protect against Omicron

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A man receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. The omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, has now spread to at least a dozen other countries. Denis Farrell/AP hide caption

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Why some researchers think the omicron variant could be the most infectious one yet

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New York, hit hard by the first COVID-19 wave, prepares for omicron variant

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Portugal may be the model to follow for how to live safely with the coronavirus

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