SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (Omicron) Variant — United States, December 1–8, 2021

@article{Team2021SARSCoV2B,
  title={SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (Omicron) Variant — United States, December 1–8, 2021},
  author={Cdc Covid- Response Team},
  journal={Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report},
  year={2021},
  volume={70},
  pages={1731 - 1734}
}
A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), B.1.1.529 (Omicron) (1), was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on November 24, 2021. Omicron has numerous mutations with potential to increase transmissibility, confer resistance to therapeutics, or partially escape infection- or vaccine-induced immunity (2). On November 26, WHO designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern (3), as did the U.S. SARS-CoV-2 Interagency Group (SIG)* on November 30. On… 
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