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December 3, 2021

The new variant of covid-19, Omicron, is spreading around the world. Just how infectious is the strain, and will current vaccines prove effective against it? The experts answer your questions.

00:00 What is Omicron?
01:30 How dangerous is Omicron?
02:39 Will new vaccines be needed?
03:15 What are governments doing?
04:17 Is this new variant a setback in the fight against covid-10?

Keep up to date with The Economist’s coverage of the coronavirus:

Omicron is starting to spread around the world:

Find out why new variants like Omicron spread more easily:

What to do about covid-19’s threatening new variant:

Countries are scrambling to stop a new covid variant:

What will the covid-19 pandemic look like in 2022?

Track the pandemic’s true death toll:

Should Africa make covid-19 vaccination a priority?

Why Omicron is threat to a global economic recovery:

Travel bans and the Omicron variant are hurting southern Africa

Listen to an episode of the podcast, “The Intelligence,” about the Omicron variant:

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