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Will COVID-19 Vaccines Work Against Ommicron? Answers to your questions about ommicron variants

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Passengers check their phones Monday at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. The World Health Organization urged countries around the world not to impose no-fly zones on South African countries due to concerns about the new ommicron variant of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)AP

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The omicron variant of COVID-19 may already be in the United States, despite a federal travel ban designed to keep it out, local health experts say.

Last week, according to news reports, the European Union, Canada, Britain, the United States and other countries temporarily blocked foreign travelers who had recently been to South Africa or one of its many neighboring countries. Countries allow their own citizens and permanent residents to return home if they test negative for the virus, and undergo some additional testing and quarantine after they arrive.