WHO Names New COVID Variant Omicron, Designates It A Variant Of Concern

The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.529.

They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern.

WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols

The designation of Variant of Concern means:
� countries should share genome sequences
� report initial cases/clusters to WHO
� perform field investigations & lab assessments to understand impacts, epidemiology, severity, effectiveness of public health & social measures

This new #COVID19 Variant of Concern Omicron underscores the need to accelerate #VaccinEquity and get COVID-19 vaccines to health workers, older people and others at risk who still have not received their first and second doses.

We should work together to reduce the circulation of #COVID19:
�Get vaccinated if you have access
� Wear a mask
↔ Keep physical distance
� Ventilate spaces
�� Good hand & respiratory hygiene


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