In an interview with Al-Arabiya channel, Adviser to the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Peter Singer, said that knowing the severity of the Omicron mutant “needs weeks”, considering that this new mutant of the Corona virus “may be a wake-up call.”
Singer stressed that “vaccination is the solution to eliminating corona mutants,” noting that “closure is not the solution to confront Omicron.”
In a related context, the Director of the World Health Organization in Africa stated that the rapid detection and early reporting of the Omicron mutant by Botswana and South Africa “gave the world time” to act to stop its spread.
“We have a window of opportunity, but we must act quickly and intensify detection and prevention measures,” said Machidiso Moeti.
Much remains unknown about the new mutation, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it is able to resist current vaccines.