Omicron variant spreads rapidly around the world.
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world in December 2022, causing a surge in cases and hospitalizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Omicron a “variant of concern” on November 26, 2022, and it quickly became the dominant variant in many countries.
New COVID-19 vaccine approved.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new COVID-19 vaccine from Novavax on December 20, 2022. The vaccine is the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in the United States, and it is expected to be an important tool in the fight against the pandemic.
Winter storm brings heavy snow to the United States.
A winter storm brought heavy snow to the eastern United States in December 2022, causing power outages and travel disruptions. The storm was the heaviest snowfall in the region in years, and it caused significant damage.
Russia and Ukraine agree to a ceasefire.
Russia and Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire on December 20, 2022, in a major breakthrough in the ongoing war. The ceasefire is temporary, but it is the first time that the two sides have agreed to a truce since the war began in February 2022.
Pope Francis announces resignation.
Pope Francis announced his resignation on December 28, 2022, citing his declining health. Francis is the first pope to resign in over 600 years, and his resignation will create a vacancy at the head of the Catholic Church.