People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris from Johannesburg on Friday as the WHO labels Omicron a variant of concern. Photo: AP
People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris from Johannesburg on Friday as the WHO labels Omicron a variant of concern. Photo: AP

World scrambles to contain Omicron coronavirus variant

  • Variant’s high number of spike protein mutations is unprecedented and troubling, health experts say
  • Vaccine manufacturers reassess jabs to determine effectiveness against new strain

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris from Johannesburg on Friday as the WHO labels Omicron a variant of concern. Photo: AP
People line up to get on an Air France flight to Paris from Johannesburg on Friday as the WHO labels Omicron a variant of concern. Photo: AP
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