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Uhuru rallies Kenyans to get vaccinated in the wake of Omicron variant

“To fortify our national resolve, I urge all Kenyan adults to visit medical facilities and receive vaccines,” he said.

The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have “severe consequences” in some places, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

No Omicron-linked deaths had yet been reported, though further research was needed to assess its potential to resist vaccines and immunity induced by previous infections, it added.

Anticipating increased case numbers as the variant, first reported last week, spreads, the UN agency urged its 194 member states to accelerate vaccination of high-priority groups.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general, said Omicron’s emergence showed how “perilous and precarious” the situation was.

“Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics,” he told the start of an assembly of health ministers expected to launch negotiations on such an agreement.

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