The Omicron Covid-19 variant, discovered two weeks ago in southern Africa, is now present in 50 countries, the US CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has said.
She said the US is currently “seeing about 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 each day”.
According to White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, scientists will have some data by the middle of next week that shows how well current vaccines stand up against the new variant, IANS reported.
The US infectious disease expert also pointed to a chart that showed a seven-day rolling average of confirmed Omicron cases per 1 million people in South Africa, noting that it is now the dominant variant circulating in the country. “The almost vertical inflection of this clearly argues towards a high degree of transmissibility,” he said.