WHO meeting on Friday to nominate new format B.1.1.529

A street hawker looks at his cell phone as he sits with his luggage following the announcement of a British ban on flights from South Africa as he seeks out a variant of a new corona virus (COVID-19). , Sweeto, South Africa, November 26, 2021. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

GENEVA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a meeting of experts in Geneva on Friday afternoon (1100 GMT) to review the new strain of COVID-19, B.1.1.529, amid growing concern. .

He said, “The WHO is calling a meeting … to better understand the timeline of the ongoing studies and to determine whether this type of interest or concern is different. Should be designated as type. “

Lindmeyer said about 100 different series have been reported, and preliminary analysis indicates that there are “significant variations” that require further study. He added that the WHO has not yet commented on the travel bans imposed by some authorities on such South African countries.

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