Friday, January 28, 2022

Live: Daily Coronavirus News Updates, Dec 1: What You Need To Know Today About COVID-19 In The Seattle Area, Washington State And Around The World

While the severity of the omicron is still unknown, the CEO of Moderna predicted that existing COVID-19 vaccines would be less effective at fighting the omicron variant than other variants of the virus. While country leaders are taking precautions and exploring this option, it may take months for vaccine developers to create doses specifically targeted to the omicron.

New reports indicate that the mutated virus was already in Europe about a week before South African health officials reported their first case of omicron. Brazil and Japan reported their first cases this week, highlighting the difficulty of containing this option in an era of easy travel.

Greek officials have passed a measure requiring people over 60 to be fully vaccinated or to incur a monthly fine of € 100, the equivalent of $ 114. The measure takes effect early next year and was taken in an attempt to stem the country’s current spike in cases and concerns over the omicron.

We are updating this page with the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Seattle, the United States and the world. Click here to see real-time updates from previous days and all other news on the coronavirus, and here to see how we track the daily spread of the virus in Washington DC.

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Markus Lamb, head of Daystar, a Christian anti-vaccination network, dies after contracting COVID-19

 Markus D. Lamb, president and founder of the Daystar Television Network and a vocal opponent of the COVID-19 vaccine, passed away on November 30 after contracting COVID.  Daystar is headquartered in Texas.  (Daystar)

Markus Lamb, founder of major Christian network Daystar, passed away on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus. Lamb’s network drew attention to the virus during the pandemic, calling it a satanic attack that should not be treated with vaccines.

Daystar is the second largest Christian network in the world according to competitor CBN News, reaching 2 billion people worldwide. His brand is a fluid, modern, charismatic faith, more about a general relationship of good and evil, miraculous healings and religious freedom than any particular denominational theology.

But during the pandemic, Lamb and his network erupted in anti-vaccination plots, conducting daily interviews with skeptics who spoke of dangerous, hidden forces pushing vaccines and stealing freedom from Christians.

Lamb’s son, Jonathan, said the disease was “a spiritual attack from an enemy” who “did everything in his power to defeat my father.”

White evangelical Christians are more resistant to coronavirus vaccines than other religious groups in the United States, which experts say is due to politics, skepticism towards the government and their consumption of alternative media, and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the dangers of vaccines.

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