Reuters: the first WTO conference in 4 years was postponed due to a new strain of coronavirus
The World Trade Organization (WTO) decided to postpone the first four years of a ministerial conference due to the appearance in South Africa of a new strain of coronavirus omicron. This is reported by Reuters.
The meeting was to be held from November 30 to December 3. The new dates for its implementation have not yet been determined. As Interfax clarifies, citing a source in the Russian delegation, the postponement of the event is due to the decision of the Swiss authorities to suspend flights with South Africa and a number of African countries.
Earlier, WHO experts recognized the newest COVID-19 strain identified in South Africa as a threat B.1.1.529, which was assigned the Greek letter omicron. According to the organization, the virus, after a series of mutations, can affect the protein content in the body, and with such a change, current vaccines may not be as effective.