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UK records first death due to omicron variant

The Omicron mutation is a "very high" global risk, according to the WHO


The United Kingdom has recorded the first death of a patient infected with the Omicron mutation in the coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, according to Sky News.

During a visit to a vaccination center, Mr. Johnson said at least one patient with the Omicron mutation had died.

Basic vaccination with two doses of the Covid vaccine does not produce enough neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant, according to a British study which shows that an increase in cases among those infected or fully vaccinated is possible. Researchers at the University of Oxford have published large-scale results of a combination of peer-to-peer research vaccines that they analyzed in blood samples from people who received doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

WHO: Omicron mutation is a "very high" global risk

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which has appeared in more than 60 countries, poses a "very high" global risk, with some indications that it escapes vaccine protection, but clinical data on its severity remains limited, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. 

With information from Sky News, Reuters


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