The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned on Monday that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a “very high” risk globally.

A special session of the global health body began Monday.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said that the emergence of the highly mutated Omicron variant underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is.

He said that the Omicron variant demonstrates just why the world needs new accord on pandemics, our current system, explaining that it is time to make choices to invest in a healthier, safer, fairer future

He said the emergence of the Omicron variant proves just why the world needs new accord on pandemics, response system

WHO on Friday named the COVID-19 variant Omicron that was tracked down in South Africa.

He said that South Africa and Botswana should be thanked for detecting sequencing and reporting this variant not penalized after European and North American countries immediately imposed travel bans on southern African nations.

DG WHO said that this pestilence, one that we can prevent, detect, and treat, continues to cast a long shadow over the world.

He said that it is not yet known whether Omicron is associated with more transmission, more severe disease, more risk of infections, or evading vaccines.

He said that scientists at WHO and around the world are working urgently to answer such questions.

Depending on the characteristics of the new variant, WHO warned there could be future surges of COVID-19, which could have “severe consequences,” depending on various factors, including where surges may take place.

WHO said that the overall global risk related to the new VOC (a variant of concern) Omicron is assessed as very high.

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