"We don’t yet know how dangerous the new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 will
turn out to be. Early evidence suggests it may be more transmissible than other
variants, and the World Health Organization has raised concerns about its
potential to spark another global surge in infections.
If currently available vaccines continue to protect us from severe disease and
death, which seems likely at this stage, vaccinated people in developed
countries should be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
But with a yawning gap between vaccination rates in high- and low-income
nations, Omicron could present a major problem for the world. It could cause a
further wave of preventable disease and premature death in developing
countries, and exacerbate poverty in parts of the world that are already
struggling with the pandemic.
And unless governments take urgent action to correct these inequities, we risk
the emergence of further variants, some of which may evade vaccines."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics