WHO Designates COVID Variant Found in South Africa as ‘of Concern’

26 Nov

WHO Designates COVID Variant Found in South Africa as ‘of Concern’

The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday designated a new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa with a large number of mutations as being “of concern,” the fifth variant to be given the designation.

The WHO said in a statement that it had assigned the B.1.1.529 variant the Greek letter Omicron.

It is appropriate to be concerned about the new variant, WHO’s Special Envoy on COVID-19 David Nabarro said on Friday.

“My own view is that really it is appropriate to be concerned about this,” he told the BBC.

“I’ll tell you why: The virus looks like it will have greater capacity to evade the defenses that we’ve all built up as a result of the vaccinations we’ve received since the beginning of this year.”

 

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