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42 cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant confirmed in 10 EU countries

The European Medicines Agency says if the new variant becomes widespread, existing vaccines will provide protection.

• November 30, 2021
Andrea Ammon

Forty-two cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Omicron variant have been confirmed in 10 European Union (EU) countries, the head of the EU’s public health agency said on Tuesday.

Authorities in the 27-nation EU were analysing another six “probable” cases, Andrea Ammon, who chairs the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), told an online conference organised by the EU’s Slovenian presidency.

She said the confirmed cases were mild or without symptoms, although in younger age groups.

“For the assessment whether it (Omicron) escapes immunity, we still have to wait until the investigations in the laboratories with sera from people who have recovered have been carried out.

“These are expected in a couple of weeks,” she said.

European Medicines Agency (EMA) executive director Emer Cooke told the European Parliament that even if the new variant becomes more widespread, existing vaccines will continue to provide protection.

Andrea Ammon, who chairs the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), had said 42 cases of the variant had been confirmed in 10 EU countries.

(Reuters/NAN)

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