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    As Omicron Crests, Booster Shots Are Keeping Americans Out of Hospitals

    Extra vaccine doses were expected to lower infection rates. But the shots also seem to be preventing severe illness caused by the new variant, the C.D.C. reported. The new finding…

    Britain’s politically besieged leader signals he might ease virus curbs.

    Europe|Britain’s politically besieged leader signals he might ease virus curbs. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/18/world/europe/uk-covid-restrictions-boris-johnson.html LONDON — With Omicron cases beginning to fall, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Tuesday signaled possible plans…

    C.D.C Director Defends Covid-19 Isolation Guidance

    World|Walensky defends the C.D.C.’s isolation guidance in a rare media briefing for the agency. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/07/world/rochelle-walensky-cdc-covid-guidance.html Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in…

    Will ‘Forever Boosting’ Beat the Coronavirus?

    Everyone should get a booster shot. In the long run, though, doses every few months aren’t a viable public health strategy, scientists say. At a nursing home in Petah Tikva,…

    Travel Between U.S. and Southern Africa Will Resume, White House Says

    World|Travel between the U.S. and southern Africa will resume, the White House says. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/world/south-africa-united-states-travel.html A plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday.Credit…Stefani Reynolds for The…

    France Bans Nonessential Travel With U.K. Over Omicron Surge

    Europe|France bans nonessential travel to Britain over the Omicron surge. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/16/world/europe/france-uk-travel-restrictions-omicron.html Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris. Starting Saturday, travel to or from Britain will be allowed for only “urgent” reasons.Credit…Sarah…

    Omicron May Cause Fewer Hospitalizations Than Previous Variants, Early Study Shows

    World|The Omicron variant could cause fewer hospitalizations, an early South African study shows. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/14/world/omicron-south-africa-study.html Registering for Covid-19 vaccinations in South Africa on Monday.Credit…Jerome Delay/Associated Press Dec. 14, 2021Updated 9:54 a.m.…

    The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa’s Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations

    Global Health Scientists in a cutting-edge laboratory do part of the work. Local health workers on foot do the rest. Sizakele Mathe, left, a treatment adherence counselor, with Silendile Mdunge…

    W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty.

    World|W.H.O. members agree to begin talks on a global pandemic treaty. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/world/who-pandemic-treaty.html The top official of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, supports the establishment of a legally…

    F.D.A. Advisers Meets on Merck’s Covid Pill

    Health officials around the world have been counting on the new treatments to reduce the number of severe cases and save lives.Credit…EPA, via Shutterstock Nov. 30, 2021Updated 10:34 a.m. ET…