As the world scrambles to contain and study the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, Canada has reported its first few cases.
As of Monday morning, there were two confirmed cases and four possible instances of Omicron in Ontario, discovered after the federal government announced a travel ban from several countries in Africa where the variant has spread more widely.
Ottawa Citizen Health Reporter Elizabeth Payne joins Dave Breakenridge to discuss what we know about these initial cases, why Omicron has officials concerned, and whether it poses worries about resistance to vaccines, as the country races to inoculate schoolkids against the virus.
Background reading: Two more cases of new variant confirmed in Ottawa, as WHO warns of ‘very high risk’
Video: 1st omicron variant cases confirmed in Canada (cbc.ca)
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