Global health body said the new variant has a "substantial growth advantage over delta". More data is still needed to determine the severity of the strain.
The Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November. The WHO has listed it as a ‘variant of concern’ and said it could take several weeks to know if there are significant changes in transmissibility, severity, or implications for Covid vaccines, tests, and treatments. Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada are countries where the new COVID-19 variant has also been detected.
The UN health body has given the new variant a name and said it is a variant of concern. The WHO urged against hasty travel curbs while it gathers more data.
13 Nov 2021
Data from 13 African countries has found a 10.2% case fatality rate in COVID-19 patients with diabetes, compared with 2.5% for COVID-19 patients overall.
25 Oct 2021
Rich nations must stop being greedy with vaccines if they want the pandemic to end, WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told DW. Sharing vaccines, tools, and treatments is the only way to stop new variants.
22 Oct 2021
On average, 40% of health professionals in the world are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 but this figure hides huge disparities between regions, regrets Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO.
22 Oct 2021
The World Health Organization has been under pressure after nearly two dozen of its employees were accused of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
17 Oct 2021
The team of 26 scientists is set to revive the stalled investigation into the origins of the virus. Meanwhile, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed that he will not be vaccinated. Follow DW for the latest.
10 Oct 2021
Nearly two dozen WHO employees have been accused of sexual abuse during an Ebola outbreak in Congo. The organization's main donors, including the US and EU, have called for accountability.
10 Oct 2021
At a World Health Organization press briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, argues that maintaining unequal access to vaccines between rich and poor countries is not only "immoral" but also "stupid" because it risks allowing the rise of variants resistant to current vaccines.
7 Oct 2021
The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, the first against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly African children.