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Universal Orlando has reinstated its mask requirements as COVID cases continue to skyrocket. Los Angeles County has reported 8,600 new COVID cases , doubling the number of cases from the previous day. Forty-eight people have tested positive for COVID on a Royal Caribbean ship, and 98% of them were vaccinated. Omicron has been detected in 89 countries, and cases are doubling every 1.5-3 days in places experiencing community transmission. According to a new study, the omicron variant is no safer than the delta variant, and it is five times more likely to reinfect people who have already had COVID. The Omicron variant grows 70x faster than the delta variant , which may account for its fast spread. In the final analysis of its COVID pill, Pfizer says the drug is highly effective, even against Omicron , and it should be released before the end of the year. Before Omicron, Pfizer reported a 90% reduction in hospitalizations and death in high-risk COVID patients . In terms of the vaccine, Pfizer’s CEO announced that the government ordered enough COVID vaccine doses for every child aged 5 to 11 in the country . That’s about to be put to the test––kids have started getting the COVID vaccine. The Biden administration, anticipating a green light, began packing and shipping vaccine doses for kids before approval was even granted. Earlier this week, an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended (including one abstention) that kids aged 5-11 get the low-dose version of Pfizer’s vaccine . Now, […]