World Health Organization Declares New Variant Of Concern Named Omicron
According to the CBC, the World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa as a variant of concern and named it omicron.
WHO's technical advisory group on SARS-CoV-2 virus evolution met on Friday to assess the new B.1.1.529 variant's potential risk to public health and decide whether it should be deemed a "variant of concern" or a "variant of interest." Variant of concern is the more serious designation. The delta variant that is dominating infections in Canada and around the world is a variant of concern.