G-7 Ministers Affirm Cooperation to Tackle Omicron Variant

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London, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Group of Seven health ministers agreed in an emergency online conference on Monday to work in collaboration to tackle the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, which has emerged as a new global threat.

The G-7 ministers adopted a joint statement confirming such cooperation. The meeting was chaired by Britain, which holds this year's G-7 presidency. The participants agreed to hold another meeting in December.

Infections with the omicron variant, first confirmed in South Africa, have spread to at least 14 countries and regions, including in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Japan and others countries have barred all new visitors from abroad.

The G-7 health ministers "praised the exemplary work of South Africa in both detecting the variant and alerting others to it" from the standpoint of transparency, the statement said.

The also recognized "the strategic relevance of ensuring access" to COVID-19 vaccines, while saying they are committed to "work closely" with the World Health Organization and others to "share information and monitor" the omicron variant.

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