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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Centers for Disease Control said on Tuesday it believes the Omicron variant accounted for between 93 and 97 percent of all new COVID-19 infections in the United States during the week ending January 1, with the remainder being caused by the Delta variant. The U.S. is now averaging approximately 500,000 confirmed new cases per day, but the number of daily deaths attributed to COVID-19 has remained more or less steady since early November.

  • Pfizer announced Tuesday that the U.S. government doubled its order of Paxlovid—the company’s recently authorized COVID-19 antiviral pill—to 20 million treatment courses, the first 10 million of which will be delivered by the end of June.

  • The U.S. labor market remains incredibly tight, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday a record 3 percent of workers quit in November—many of them for better or more high-paying opportunities elsewhere—and the number of job openings remained near all-time highs at 10.6 million.

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