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Omicron Could Fuel Surges With ‘Severe Consequences,’ WHO Says

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Omicron: What We Know, What We Don't Know

The World Health Organization is calling on member states to start testing widely for the new omicron variant, saying its divergent design could fuel future surges of Covid-19 with severe consequences. 

The mutations may allow the variant to escape protection from vaccination or previous infection, and could give it a transmission advantage, the global health organization said in a technical briefing document for its members.