WHO pulls together international experts to understand Covid-19 Omicron variant

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The World Health Organization is racing to better understand the new coronavirus Omicron variant , as countries throw up travel restrictions against the heavily mutated strain that landed on the global radar last week. In an update on Sunday, the WHO stressed that more information was needed about Omicron, first detected in Botswana earlier this month, and said it was working with scientists around the world to understand the variant and its impact on disease control measures, including vaccines. “Studies currently under way or under way shortly include assessments of transmissibility, severity of infection (including symptoms), performance of vaccines and...