The new variant of covid-19, Omicron, is spreading around the world. Just how infectious is the strain, and will current vaccines prove effective against it? Our experts answer your questions.
00:00 What is Omicron?
01:30 How dangerous is Omicron?
02:39 Will new vaccines be needed?
03:15 What are governments doing?
04:17 Is this new variant a setback in the fight against covid-10?
Keep up to date with The Economist’s coverage of the coronavirus: https://econ.st/3E8d4ve
Omicron is starting to spread around the world: https://econ.st/3G1TX6E
Find out why new variants like Omicron spread more easily: https://econ.st/3o8AWJs
What to do about covid-19’s threatening new variant: https://econ.st/3o6XNVN
Countries are scrambling to stop a new covid variant: https://econ.st/3d0EG9H
What will the covid-19 pandemic look like in 2022? https://econ.st/3EbwFdI
Track the pandemic’s true death toll: https://econ.st/3ri4vdE
Should Africa make covid-19 vaccination a priority? https://econ.st/3E7Z1G0
Why Omicron is threat to a global economic recovery: https://econ.st/3lndsyl
Travel bans and the Omicron variant are hurting southern Africa
Listen to an episode of our podcast, “The Intelligence,” about the Omicron variant: https://econ.st/3Dl1U5b