New Covid variant designated 'variant of concern' and named Omicron | ITV News

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Published on 26 Nov 2021, 23:11
The new Covid variant has been renamed Omicron and has been designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).

It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned Omicron is "of huge international concern" and could pose "substantial risk to public health".

The health secretary told the Commons that it could "be more transmissible" than the Delta variant and "current vaccines may be less effective against it".

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