COVID-19: Inside the race to understand Omicron

Sky News published this video item, entitled “COVID-19: Inside the race to understand Omicron” – below is their description.

Sky News’ Science Editor Tom Clarke goes inside a gene sequencing lab where scientists are trying to find out how dangerous Omicron, is and how it may affect us in the coming weeks and months.

Early data suggest the the new COVID-19 variant is more transmissible than the Delta strain, but it is unclear if it leads to a more severe infection.

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