The WHO is working with technical partners to ascertain the variant's potential impact on vaccines. Studies are pending to determine the transmissibility of the variant, severity of its infections, symptoms, and the efficacy of diagnostic tests, vaccines, and treatments.
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Notably, the Omicron variant has triggered a global alarm and has been tagged as a variant of concern (VOC) by the WHO. The health agency is coordinating with global researchers to better understand the new variant. Several countries have imposed fresh COVID-19-related travel and lockdown restrictions amid concerns that the variant may cause infections to spike.
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