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When did Omicron arrive in Europe?

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As authorities right around the world work to understand the nature of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant, it has been revealed that it arrived in Europe much earlier than previously thought

Omicron was identified in two test samples taken in the Netherlands between the 19th and 23rd of November, which is before South Africa first reported the strain.

It is still unclear whether the individuals who returned these positive tests had actually spent any time in southern Africa before touching down in Europe.

Authorities believed the two flights that arrived from South Africa on Sunday had brought the first Omicron cases to the continent.

Fourteen people on a plane to Amsterdam tested positive for Omicron.

However, despite all of this, the WHO says these cases do not outdate initial cases in southern Africa, with the Omicron variant first found in a specimen collected on 9 November.

Now, this all comes as the EU drug regulator announced on Tuesday that it could approve vaccines adapted to specifically target the Omicron variant within three to four months if needed

Speaking to the European Parliament, the European Medicines Agency’s executive director also believes existing shots would continue to provide protection.

Forty-two cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been confirmed in 10 European Union countries since the Omicron variant was first detected.

The exec says it is still unknown whether drugmakers will need to tweak their shots, but the EMA is preparing for that possibility.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Atari acquisition ends the longest running console war

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Atari, the iconic gaming company, has revealed its acquisition of the Intellivision brand.

‘Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

This move is seen as a strategic step by Atari to expand its portfolio and tap into the nostalgia-driven market.

Emily Leaney from TeamRetro joins to discuss. #featured

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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The United States is accelerating efforts into space warfare

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Is space warfare the next frontier of military competition?

On this episode of Hot Shots – the US expand efforts into space warfare, big tech commit to AI fail safes, while AI moves the markets and a buried treasure of ‘Holy Grail’ proportions is unearthed.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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