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A man is vaccinated against COVID-19 at a clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. The omicron variant appears to be driving a surge in South Africa. New studies suggest that vaccines might not be as effective against this variant but that a booster shot can be helpful. Shiraaz Mohamed/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Studies suggest sharp drop in vaccine protection vs. omicron — yet cause for optimism

In small studies in South Africa and in Germany, the results indicate a marked decrease in the ability of vaccines to neutralize this variant. But there are other findings that are encouraging.

A man is vaccinated against COVID-19 at a clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. The omicron variant appears to be driving a surge in South Africa. New studies suggest that vaccines might not be as effective against this variant but that a booster shot can be helpful. Shiraaz Mohamed/AP hide caption

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Studies suggest sharp drop in vaccine protection vs. omicron — yet cause for optimism

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Omicron has been found in wastewater in California and Texas

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Starbucks workers and organizers in Buffalo, N.Y., discuss efforts to unionize three local stores on Oct. 28. Carolyn Thompson/AP hide caption

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Starbucks workers decide whether to form first U.S. union

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Starbucks workers decide whether to form first U.S. union

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The Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge from parents in Maine who want to use a state tuition program to send their children to religious schools. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court signals further erosion of separation of church and state in schools

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