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The World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to discuss the Omicron variant in a media availability on Tuesday after a special session of the World Health Assembly.

WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus previously said the heavily mutated Omicron COVID-19 variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk fo infection surges that could have “severe consequences” in some places.

In anticipation of increased case numbers as the variant spreads, the UN agency urged its 194 member states to accelerate vaccinations of high-priority groups and ensure plans were in place to maintain health services.

“Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics: our current system disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores,” Tedros said.

Omicron was first reported on Nov. 24 from South Africa, where infections have risen steeply. Since then, cases have been reported in several other southern African countries. Several countries outside Africa have also reported cases, including Canada, the U.K., Hong Kong and Australia.

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