Salem Radio Network News Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Health

S.African official says WHO will designate variant as “of concern”

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A senior South African health official said he had been told on Friday that the World Health Organisation (WHO) would designate the new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa as a variant “of concern”.

“We are busy trying to get some information behind the scenes about what was discussed at the WHO meeting today. Earlier in the day I just got a message to say that they were going to promote this variant to a ‘variant of concern’,” Nicholas Crisp, acting director general in the health department, told a media briefing.

He did not say who had sent the message.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Wendell Roelf; writing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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