Early indicators suggest Omicron may be peaking, federal health officials say

The COVID-19 wave of the Omicron variant may have reached its peak at a national level, said Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam. But hospitalizations are still ‘rising steeply,’ she said.

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EU to propose European Chips Act in early February: EU chief

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has told the World Economic Forum that the EU wants to produce 20 per cent of semiconductors globally by 2030. It is also planning to introduce the European Chips Act early next month. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of digital devices, creating a global chip supply crunch.

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Early Omicron Breakthroughs Show MRNA Vaccines’ Weakness

Booster shots with messenger RNA vaccines such as those made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE failed to block omicron in a study of some of the first documented breakthrough cases caused by the highly contagious variant.

Seven German visitors to Cape Town experienced symptomatic Covid-19 infections between late November and early December despite being boosted, the researchers, whose investigation was authorized by the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, said in findings published Tuesday in The Lancet. All the cases were mild or moderate, providing support for the extra shots’ ability to fend off severe disease, death and hospitalizations.

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Government’s Free Covid Testing Site Launches One Day Early

The federal government’s site to supply Americans with free at-home rapid Covid test kits went live one day earlier than expected, taking orders for up to four tests per household. The tests should arrive by the end of this month, coming after a year of long waits and limited availability for home test kits.

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