More than 20 countries, including the United States, have reported the appearance of the SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant.

The World Health Organization received the first report of the B.1.1.529 variant from South Africa on Nov. 24. Since then, it turned up in travelers to nearly two dozen other countries including Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom.

On Dec. 1, the Centers for Disease Con...

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