The Omicron coronavirus variant has been reported in 89 international locations and the variety of instances is doubling in 1.5 to three days in areas with neighborhood transmission, the World Well being Group (WHO) mentioned on Saturday.
Omicron is spreading quickly in international locations with excessive ranges of inhabitants immunity, however it’s unclear if that is because of the virus’ capability to evade immunity, its inherent elevated transmissibility or a mixture of each, the WHO mentioned in an replace.
The company designated Omicron a variant of concern on Nov 26, quickly after it was first detected, and far continues to be not recognized about it, together with the severity of the sickness it causes.
“There are nonetheless restricted information on the medical severity of Omicron,” the WHO mentioned.
“Extra information are wanted to know the severity profile and the way severity is impacted by vaccination and pre-existing immunity.
“It added, “There are nonetheless restricted obtainable information, and no peer-reviewed proof, on vaccine efficacy or effectiveness thus far for Omicron.”
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