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Omicron Variant Tests Pandemic Response

December 22, 2021

Episode Notes:

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing a surge of new infections around the world. To discuss this new variant, we’re joined today on the Warcast by Dr. Erin Sorrell. Dr. Sorrell is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, and the Director of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Program at the Center for Global Health Science & Security. She previously served as a senior analyst at the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Biosecurity Engagement Program.

[ 00:50 ] Latest on Omicron

[ 01:45 ] Omicron compared to Delta

[ 03:00 ] Implications for those that are vaccinated

[ 04:20 ] Reasons for concern

[ 06:40 ] Best-case forecast

[ 07:50 ] Best available tool in pandemic response

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