Shares of biopharma company Vir Biotechnology (NASDAQ: VIR) are up 13.7% as of 11:57 a.m. ET on Monday in response to reports that a new strain of the COVID-19 virus has been identified. Indeed, headlines regarding the new omicron variant of the coronavirus began to surface before Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. It just took a while for investors to connect the dots all the way back to Vir Biotechnology, which potentially benefits from a renewed outbreak of infections stemming from this new strain of the pandemic-causing virus.
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