LIVE: Boris Johnson Holds News Conference on Omicron Variant in the U.K.

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(Dec. 15) Watch live as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty, and Medical Director for Primary Care, NHS England, Dr. Nikki Kanani hold a news conference in Downing Street on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Johnson is facing political battles on many fronts this week, and one is a genuine matter of life and death for the British people.

The U.K. prime minister is fighting to limit a rebellion by his Conservative lawmakers over vaccine passports, to hold a safe Tory seat that is suddenly at risk in Thursday’s special election, and to stem the steady drip of leaks about Christmas parties that his staff held during last year’s lockdown.

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