Tedros, from the WHO, calls for action now to stop the spread of omicron

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GENEVA, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Governments must urgently reassess their national responses to COVID-19 and accelerate their vaccination programs to curb the spread of the omicron variant, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday .

The worldwide spread of the variant suggests it could have a major impact on the pandemic, and the time to contain it is now, before more omicron patients are hospitalized, he told a news conference.

“We call on all countries to increase surveillance, testing and sequencing,” he said. “… Any complacency right now will cost lives.”

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; writing by John Stonestreet; edited in Spanish by Flora Gómez)

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