Ahoy there, live blog readers. Let’s strap in for the week, shall we?
Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks at the White House twice today. He’s sure to field questions about supposedly impending economic doom but the main purposes of the remarks will be the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant (first, at 11.45am ET) and issues with the supply chain (second, at 3.45pm ET).
The World Health Organization said this morning Omicron is likely to spread internationally, posing a “very high” global risk where Covid-19 surges could have “severe consequences”.
“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,” the WHO said. “The overall global risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron is assessed as very high.”
No cases have yet been reported in the US. Press secretary Jen Psaki is scheduled brief too, at 1pm ET.
Congress has plenty on its plate too. We’re on the cusp of December, which for all those keeping score out there means it’s time to once again talk about the possibility of the federal government shutting down and/or disaster over the debt ceiling.
More to come.
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