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‘We are not done with the virus. And the virus is not done with us,’ says global health expert about omicron

Experts discuss the latest information on the omicron variant, as well as boosters and other COVID headlines.

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“This variant is a cause for concern — not a cause for panic.”

That's how President Biden put it, in his speech yesterday after a meeting of the COVID-19 response team at the White House.

So what exactly are we learning about the new omicron variant?

The World Health Organization warns that it poses a “very high” global risk because of the possibility that it spreads more easily and might resist vaccines and immunity.

But we still don't know for sure how dangerous omicron is.

Today, national and local health experts help us understand this latest pandemic situation, and they answer listeners’ questions from omicron to boosters and other ways to protect yourself.


Dr. William Haseltine

  • Chair and President of the global think tank ACCESS Health International
  • Founder of more than a dozen bio-technology companies

Dr. Jill Weatherhead

  • Assistant Professor in Tropical Medicine and in Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine

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