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In this handout photo provided by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai, speaks in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the pandemic. (World Health Organization via AP)

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Today is Friday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2021. There are 28 days left in the year.

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President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron during a visit to the National Institutes of Health, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.” And then he tacked on a political dig. Some people “on the other team,” he said Thursday, were threatening to hold up government spending and endangering the nation’s credit out of pique over vaccination requirements. “Go figure,” he added. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)