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12/2/2021

California confirms nation’s first Omicron variant coronavirus case
LA Times
The first U.S. case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been confirmed in San Francisco, putting California at the center of the nation’s pandemic response once again.
 
Biden to Unveil New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.
New York Times
President Biden will announce insurance reimbursement for at-home coronavirus tests and better access to tests for those without insurance as Omicron spreads.
 
Abortion Decision Could Spill Into Midterm Elections
New York Times
Both sides anticipate that a Supreme Court decision scaling back abortion rights would roil next year’s elections, with Democrats sensing an advantage
 
Supreme Court Seems Poised to Uphold Mississippi’s Abortion Law
New York Times
It was less clear whether the court’s conservative majority would overrule Roe v. Wade, the decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion.
 

 
Biden to boost winter pandemic protections as Omicron arrives in the U.S.
LA Times
As winter approaches and the Omicron variant rattles the globe, President Biden will announce expansive plans to increase the country’s defenses against the coronavirus, including a campaign to convince Americans to get booster shots and a requirement that insurance companies cover the cost of home tests.
 
Omicron Prompts Swift Reconsideration of Boosters Among Scientists
New York Times
As recently as last week, many public health experts were fiercely opposed to the Biden administration’s campaign to roll out booster shots of the coronavirus vaccines to all American adults. There was little scientific evidence to support extra doses for most people, the researchers said.
 
Omicron Could Knock a Fragile Economic Recovery Off Track
New York Times
The latest zigzag in the pandemic has already curtailed travel, but its broader impact on growth and inflation isn’t likely to be known for weeks.
 
Biden to promote new COVID plan that includes free at-home tests and new travel rules
USA Today
Tighter travel rules, free at-home tests and booster shots are key elements of President Joe Biden's latest strategy to combat the rapidly evolving coronavirus.