Tag: omicron


American And United Airlines See Positive Results Amid COVID-19

American and United Airlines reported better-than-expected financial results, despite problems brought on by the COVID-19 Omicron surge during the holiday travel period. Both companies, however, have said the road ahead could be challenging, given the Omicron spread.   American, the United States’ largest airline, lost $921 million in the quarter, excluding special items. That was less than analysts’ $1.2 billion forecasts […]


President Biden Revokes Travel Restrictions

President Biden has revoked the travel restrictions placed on eight countries in southern Africa over the spread of the omicron variant, saying the measures were no longer necessary. “Since I issued that proclamation, our Nation’s health officials, in collaboration with the South African scientists who originally reported the variant, have made substantial progress in understanding the Omicron variant,” Biden said […]


COVID-19 Pandemic Puts World Economic Forum Meeting On Hold

In light of the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, The World Economic Forum has postponed its annual meeting in Davos scheduled for next month, in Switzerland. The Forum said in a statement that “continued uncertainty” over the Omicron variant had forced a rethink and it now planned to host the meeting in early summer. “Current pandemic conditions make […]


U.S. Set To See Increase In Hospitalizations And Deaths From Deadly Omicron

President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Sunday that the United States would likely see record numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as the omicron variant spread. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union program, Fauci told host Jake Tapper that gloomy days are ahead. “We are going to see a significant stress in some […]


WHO — Omicron Cases On Rapid

The World Health Organization (WHO) said there are ‘still limited data’ on the clinical severity of the new Omicron variant, which has so far been reported in 89 countries. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading significantly faster than the Delta strain in countries with documented community transmission, with the number of cases doubling in 1.5 to 3 days, […]


Omicron Hits The Vaccinated Hard

According to a recent press report, most of the more than 40 COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant identified in the United States so far were in people who were fully vaccinated, and a third of them had received a booster dose.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 43 cases attributed to […]


PAHO — Need To Speed Up Vaccine To Under Developed Countries

With 20 countries yet to reach the World Health Organization’s year-end vaccination target of 40 percent, and the Omicron variant now detected in six countries in the region, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne says accelerating access to vaccines will be key to protecting populations, particularly the most vulnerable. “The arrival of a new variant doesn’t necessarily […]


WHO — Don’t Panic

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world should not panic about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 but should be prepared. Speaking at a news conference recently, WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan said the situation now was very different from a year ago. WHO emergencies program head Mike Ryan urged caution over the next few weeks but expressed confidence measures […]