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Data from the UK suggests that people with omicron are 50-70% less likely to be hospitalized compared to other variants . This aligns with several new studies suggesting that the omicron variant is actually much less severe than other COVID strains . A study by the University of Washington and Swiss drugmaker Humabs Biomed showed that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the Chinese vaccine (Sinopharm), and the Russian vaccine (sputnik) are ineffective against the omicron variant . 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 […]