There is still little data available on the new omicron variant of COVID-19 but that is not stopping some political leaders from implementing new policies and requirements.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a vaccine mandate for employees across the city. The Biden administration is restricting travel from some nations while heavily promoting COVID-19 booster shots.


But what do experts say is the right response to the omicron variant?


Political leaders “shouldn’t respond reflexively with the same old, same old tools that haven’t worked all that well in the past,” says Doug Badger, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, the parent organization of The Daily Signal.


Badger joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss what we do, and do not, know about the new COVID-19 variant and how our elected leaders can respond without restricting freedom.


We also cover these stories:

  • During a video meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden expresses concerns over Russia’s intents toward Ukraine.
  • Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says he no longer plans to cooperate with a congressional probe into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
  • Lawmakers strip from the National Defense Authorization Act a controversial provision that would have required women to register for the military draft.


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