Omicron’s Threat to Global Economy Increasingly Runs Through China

The direct economic harm caused by the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in highly vaccinated countries appears so far to be relatively modest and short-lived, but its indirect hit could prove significant if China resorts to repeated lockdowns in its effort to suppress the virus within its borders. Omicron led to a fresh surge in infections … Read more

Brussels braces for ‘freedom convoy’ protesting coronavirus restrictions – POLITICO

Protesters from across the European Union are expected to descend on Brussels Monday to object to government COVID-19 policies, including the widespread rollout of vaccines and mask mandates, despite efforts by Belgian authorities to stop the demonstration from throttling the city. The so-called “European freedom convoy” mimics similar anti-coronavirus protests that have taken root in … Read more

Pfizer delays FDA application to expand Covid vaccine to kids under 5 until April

Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday said they were delaying their request for the Food and Drug Administration to authorize their Covid-19 vaccine for children under 5 until early April, waiting on more data on the effectiveness of a third dose. “Given that the study is advancing at a rapid pace, companies will wait for the … Read more