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Omicron: why the WHO designated it a variant of concern

By Ed Feil, Professor of Microbial Evolution at The Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the B.1.1.529 lineage of Sars-CoV-2, thought to have emerged in southern Africa, is to be designated as a variant of concern (VoC) named omicron. This decision has already precipitated a broad shift in priorities in pandemic management on a global scale.

The WHO has recommended, among other…The Conversation


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