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Omicron COVID Strain
The new COVID variant was initially detected in South Africa and Botswana and sparked major concerns due to its high number of mutations (32). The WHO dubbed the strain Omicron and warned it may prove to be more transmissible and dangerous than other coronavirus variants.

Putin: Russia Ready to Share Its Developments With Other Countries Amid Spread of Omicron Strain

© Sputnik / Vitaly Belousov / Go to the mediabankA healthcare worker prepares a dose of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac, trade-named Sputnik V, at a coronavirus vaccination center at a shopping mall, in Moscow, Russia.
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac, trade-named Sputnik V, at a coronavirus vaccination center at a shopping mall, in Moscow, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.12.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia was ready to deliver the Russian Sputnik Light COVID-19 vaccine to other countries to be used as booster doses amid the spread of the Omicron variant.
"Russia ready to provide Sputnik Light to other countries as booster doses," Putin said.

The president added that it was necessary to work more actively with the World Health Organization and heed its recommendations.

"Russia ready to share its developments with other countries against the backdrop of the Omicron strain spreading," the Russian leader said.
In late November, Russia's Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology said it has begun developing a new version of the Sputnik vaccine specifically against the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Earlier this week, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control predicted that Omicron will likely overtake Delta to become the dominant coronavirus strain in Europe in early 2022. Last month, the World Health Organisation labelled Omicron a "variant of concern" as the new coronavirus strain started spreading rapidly across the globe. Health ministries worldwide are researching the new COVID strain in the hope to get a better understanding of its severity.
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