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G7 states Omicron strain is greatest current threat of public health

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ministers focus on global access to diagnostics, genome sequencing, vaccines, and therapies
11:36, 17 December 2021

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The G7 has named the Omicron coronavirus strain as the biggest current global public health threat as the UK Department of Health reported.

“Deeply concerned by the rise in cases, ministers agreed that these developments should be seen as the biggest current threat to global public health,” the message says.

Ministers focused on global access to diagnostics, genome sequencing, vaccines, and therapeutics. They also agreed on the growing importance of revaccination campaigns and regular testing, along with continued non-drug measures.

Related: Pfizer claims effectiveness of its pills against Omicron strain

As it was reported, British scientists have recently said that a new Covid variant that carries an “extremely high number” of mutations may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s defenses. The B.1.1.529 variant has 32 mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that most vaccines use to prime the immune system against Covid.

The World Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) has named the coronavirus strain B.1.1.529 with 32 mutations "Omicron".

A new strain of coronavirus has already been identified in a number of countries. In particular, Omicron has been recorded in South Africa, Belgium, Israel, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, Australia, Israel, the Netherlands, Canada, and Japan.

Related: Omicron strain poses huge global risks, vaccine might not be efficient against it, - WHO

It is also noted that the Omicron strain that has been spreading across the globe became the most dominating kind of Covid-19 in South Africa. However, no increase in the death rate has been observed there.

 

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