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Paramount is giving away film ticket codes via Snapchat ads to users aged 13 to 17 to see Al Gore's climate change sequel An Inconvenient Sequel. Users 18+ will instead see showtimes from Fandango rather than the targeted ads from Snapchat. Paramount tested the new technique last week in NY and LA and are expanding the campaign to more cities after successful results.

Why it matters: It gives Snapchat an opportunity to show off its ability to sell tickets through targeted advertising and it's a good teaser for how Snapchat will be able to work with advertisers in the media and entertainment spaces in the future. It also reminds one how far the company has come from an ad targeting perspective.The company has moved away from pure branding ads toward direct-to-sale campaigns due to the heavy investments they've made in ad tech.

From a political perspective, it shows the desire by Gore and Paramount to reach a very young audience with a political message/film that typically is targeted towards older generations.

Go deeper: Snapchat announced a new ad-targeting/modeling partnership with Neustar, a Virginia-based ad tech firm, that will allow advertisers to better understand how Snapchat ad campaigns drive return on investments. Snapchat drives 5.1 times the category average return on investment for movie theatrical release campaigns, per a new Neustar/Snapchat research released Tuesday.

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2 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

7 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

Updated 9 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Dems fear supply-chain blame

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.