An emergency meeting of the Group of Seven .. “World Health” talks about a “very high” risk of the Omicron mutant | Politics news

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The members of the World Health Organization agreed yesterday, Sunday, to launch negotiations to establish an international mechanism that contributes to better prevention and control of the next pandemic in the midst of the fifth wave of “Covid-19”.

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The World Health Organization said that the possibility of an increase in the spread of the new mutant of the Corona virus “Omicron” at the global level is high, and that the assessment of the global risk related to the mutant is very high, while the health ministers of the Group of Seven will hold an emergency meeting today, Monday in Britain, to discuss the developments of the pandemic.

And the UN organization – based in Geneva – added in a technical recommendation to its member states that it is likely that the new mutant – which was first detected in South Africa last week – will spread quickly around the world, and that it will be due to the high number of infections with “Covid-19” (Covid). -19) Serious consequences in some areas.

The World Health Organization urged member states to report the first cases of infection with the new mutant as well as the hotbeds of its spread, stressing the need for more research to reach a better understanding of the possibility of Omicron overcoming vaccines and immunity acquired after infection with the virus.

The World Health Organization has classified the new mutant of concern because of the many mutations it contains, saying that it may take days to several weeks to understand the level of seriousness of the new strain.

The UN added that more data on the new mutant is expected in the coming weeks.

The World Health Organization also called on the countries of the world to expedite the vaccination of priority groups, and to use a risk-based approach to adjust travel procedures.

The organization had called earlier to keep the borders open after the policy of new restrictions imposed by several countries on countries in southern Africa due to the emergence of Omicron.

In a related context, the members of the World Health Organization agreed on Sunday to launch negotiations to establish an international mechanism that contributes to better prevention and control of the next pandemic in the midst of the fifth wave of “Covid-19”.

The draft agreement should receive official ratification during the extraordinary meeting of the UN Assembly, which begins today and lasts three days.

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It is also expected that the health ministers of the Group of Seven countries (America, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Japan) will hold an emergency meeting later today in Britain to discuss the new mutator, and understand the challenge it poses to efforts to combat the epidemic.

And the White House said in a statement that President Joe Biden will today provide new details about Omicron, and about the measures his country will take to confront the mutator.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday that governments are running a “race against time” to understand the new mutation, adding that vaccine manufacturers need two to three weeks “to get a complete picture of the type of mutations present in Omicron.”

Several international pharmaceutical companies – including AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech – said that they have plans to adapt their vaccines in light of the emergence of the new mutation, and those companies stressed Confident in its ability to combat Omicron.

Passengers at the airport in the South Korean capital wearing protective clothing against the Corona virus (European)

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After the mutant was detected for the first time in South Africa and its neighboring countries last week, several Asian and European countries announced the discovery of their first infections with Omicron, the last of which were today, Switzerland, Portugal and Scotland.

Today, Japan decided to close its borders to all foreign visitors, and the decision will enter into force tomorrow, Tuesday, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the mutant in the country, and Australia today retracted its plans to reopen its international borders to workers and students on the first of next December, referring It comes down to concerns associated with the emergence of the mutant omicron.

An infectious disease expert in South Africa said that the country is witnessing a rapid increase in infections, and South Africa is expected to enter a fourth wave of Corona, while the Minister of Health in the African country, Joe Bathla, said that there is no need to panic about Omicron, and there is no reason to restrict travel to his country.

On Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the countries of the world to lift travel restrictions on his country before it “inflicts more damage to our economies,” and Malawi’s President Lazarus Shakwera accused Western countries of “Africanphobia”, against the backdrop of closing the borders.

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