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China has announced that it will not sell tickets to the winter Olympics over COVID concerns . A labor union representing 175,000 nurses has called for a general strike over working conditions amid the COVDI pandemic . Students in Boston and Chicago have staged a massive walkout to protest in-person classes amid the surge in COVID cases. Anthony Fauci has warned that Omicron will “find just about everybody,” but the the vaccinated should still be protected. A new COVID variant has been discovered in Cyprus, which has a genetic background similar to the delta variant but with 10 of omicron’s mutations present . The Moderna CEO said that we will likely need a second booster shot as vaccine efficacy wanes, and the new variant will likely speed that. President Biden has doubled the federal order of Pfizer’s new COVID pill , along with expediting their shipment and distribution as omicron surges. COVID cases have spiked 948% in Florida, while 7-day hospitalizations have increased by 40% (between Christmas and New Years alone). The omicron vaccine is ripping through the population at an alarming rate, which has led to a spike in children being sent to the hospital . The United States has clocked nearly half a million COVID cases, a high for any country at any time during the pandemic. Within the last week, 1 in 50 Manhattan residents have been infected with COVID , a sign of just how infectious the new variant is. Meanwhile, France is reporting record […]