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UK’s Johnson warns of Omicron wave, 2 doses insufficient.
UK’s Johnson warns of Omicron wave, 2 doses insufficient
The United Kingdom is bracing itself for a potential wave of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning that two doses of the vaccine may not be enough to protect against the new strain.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Johnson urged the public to take precautions and get a booster shot if they are eligible.
“We don’t yet know how effective the current vaccines will be against Omicron, but we do know that two doses are not enough to provide the level of protection that we need,” he said.
The Omicron variant, which was first identified in South Africa, has been causing concern among health officials around the world due to its high number of mutations. Scientists are still studying the variant to determine how it spreads and how effective current vaccines are against it.
Johnson said that the UK is taking a cautious approach to the new variant, with travel restrictions in place for several countries in southern Africa where the variant has been detected.
“We are taking every precaution to protect the British people from this new variant, but we cannot be complacent,” he said.
The prime minister also urged the public to continue following COVID-19 guidelines, such as wearing masks in indoor public spaces and washing hands regularly.
“We have come so far in our fight against this virus, and we cannot let our guard down now,” he said.
The UK has been one of the most successful countries in the world in terms of its vaccination rollout, with over 80% of the adult population fully vaccinated. However, the emergence of the Omicron variant has raised concerns that the country may face another surge in cases.
Johnson said that the government is closely monitoring the situation and will take further action if necessary.
“We will do whatever it takes to protect the British people from this virus, and we will not hesitate to take further measures if the situation requires it,” he said.
In the meantime, the prime minister urged the public to remain vigilant and to get vaccinated and boosted if they are eligible.
“We have the tools to fight this virus, and we must use them,” he said. “Together, we can beat this pandemic and emerge stronger on the other side.”