No additional measures needed, says health minister


Turkey is closely following developments in the wake of the emergence of the new COVID-19 strain, Omicron, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said, adding that the current situation does not necessitate taking additional measures.

He recalled that Turkey immediately acted after the new variant was detected in the world and imposed travel bans on certain countries.

Why did the WHO "raise the alarm" about omicron?

As stated, this strain is likely to spread around the world, and a larger increase in the number of infected could have severe consequences in some areas.
Although it is not yet known to what extent omicron is contagious for those who have been vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19, the WHO recommends accelerated vaccination of risk groups.

BioNTech is Already Working on Vaccine for the Covid Variant Omicron

BioNTech has begun work on a vaccine specifically for the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron, which was first identified in South Africa.

The development of an adapted vaccine is part of the standard procedure.

The first steps for a possible new vaccine are carried out in parallel with the assessment of whether one will be needed after the advent of Omicron.