Coronavirus Conversations: The omicron variant and holiday travel

The World
Travelers wait for the coronavirus testing at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea

Travelers wait for the coronavirus testing at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Dec, 7, 2021.

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The omicron variant of COVID-19 is quickly spreading across borders and around the world, all while many communities are still trying to tackle the delta variant. As people around the world get ready for the holdiays, many are concerned about traveling. And some nations have already started implementing stricter restrictions and vaccination rules.

To understand the new variant, travel restrictions and how people can better prepare for the upcoming festive season, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Stephen Kissler — who is a research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health — as part of The World's regular series of conversations about the pandemic.

See more of the Coronavirus Conversations series here: https://www.theworld.org/categories/coronavirus-conversations.