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PAHO Director Reports Omicron Variant Likely To Spread In The Americas

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported that two cases of the new coronavirus variant omicron have been detected in the Americas.

PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne told a weekly news briefing for the Americas and the Caribbean that Canada and Brazil are the only countries in our region where the Omicron variant has been detected.

She added that it is likely that other countries will begin seeing this new variant in circulation soon.

Etienne said it is still too early to predict the impact of the new variant in the Americas.

PAHO is awaiting reports “to have enough evidence to determine the extent of the new variant.”

The first studies that would shed more light on Omicron should be available in about two weeks.

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