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Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, speaks alongside U.S. President Joe Biden as he delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting of the COVID-19 response team at the White House on Monday.
A California resident who traveled to South Africa becomes the first case of the COVID-19 variant identified in the U.S.
“Sitting back and doing nothing is really unconscionable.”
Merck is the first company to submit its pill for FDA review. Rival Pfizer is also developing a COVID treatment.
The latest news makes it increasingly clear that travel bans may not stop the COVID-19 variant from spreading.

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  1. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus Wednesday in Washington.
  2. The South Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando. The Florida Department of Corrections and Disability Rights Florida have reached a settlement that will add accommodations for prisoners with disabilities.
  3. In this Sept. 29, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump looks at his face mask during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. A book by Donald Trump's ex-chief of staff says Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate in September 2020.
  4. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the President, speaks alongside U.S. President Joe Biden as he delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting of the COVID-19 response team at the White House on Monday.
  5. CBD oil in a bottle with dropper May 7, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  6. Marcus Lamb, founder of evangelical television network Daystar and an outspoken opponent of COVID-19 vaccines, has died after being hospitalized with the virus, the network announced on Tuesday; he was 64..
  7. Nurse Jordan Dierksheide prepares paperwork while Josemaria Mejia, 7, of Ruskin, lifts his arm before receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event hosted by Enterprising Latinas at  Wimauma Opportunity Center in Wimauma on Nov. 14.
  8. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
  9. The hills are alive with the sound of variants!
  10. Jane Morse, photographed in the 1990s for the series Three Little Words.
  11. This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication.
  12. Jonathan Pagliarulo, 11, gets tested for COVID-19 in August after vaccinated family members tested positive for the virus in North Miami.
  13. This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new experimental COVID-19 pill.
  14. Travelers arrive from international flights, including from South Africa, at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.
  15. In this June 19, 2018, photo, a safe needle disposal container hangs in the bathroom of VOCAL-NY headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
  16. A man walks through a deserted part of Johannesburg's OR Tambo's airport, South Africa on Nov. 29.
  17. FILE — Shoppers walk through the aisles at Macy's, Nov. 26, 2021, in New York. New York City's health commissioner said Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, he is "strongly recommending" that everyone wear masks in indoor public settings as scientists work to learn more about the newly identified omicron variant of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)
  18. President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron on Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens.
  19. A woman receives an AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 19. The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world’s desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.
  20. A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during January in Riverside County, Calif. Merriam-Webster has declared vaccine its 2021 word of the year.
  21. Japan Airlines planes sit on the tarmac Monday at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Japan, where authorities announced Monday that they will suspend entry of all foreign visitors.
  22. Dexter Frederick speaks with volunteer nurse and USF doctoral student Morgan Butts regarding a patient at Grace Community Medical Center on Nov. 10.
  23. Travelers wearing protective face masks arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 28. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant.
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