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Will Omicron Oust Delta Is a Question Facing Virus Scientists

  • Global co-circulation with delta variant a possibility
  • ‘Out of the blue’ strain may still emerge, scientist says
A healthcare worker assists residents at a mobile testing site in New York.

A healthcare worker assists residents at a mobile testing site in New York.

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

The scientists who were among a network that was the first to sequence omicron are watching to see if the highly mutated coronavirus variant will dictate the course of the pandemic.

Will future strains stem from its lineage or will other variants crowd it out?