Pfizer, BioNTech Vaccine Neutralises Omicron With Three Shots

PARIS, France – BioNTech and Pfizer said on Wednesday a three – shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralise the new Omicron variant in a laboratory test, an early signal that booster shots could be key to protection against infection from the newly identified variant. The German and U.S. companies said two … More Pfizer, BioNTech Vaccine Neutralises Omicron With Three Shots

First Two Cases Of Omicron Variant Case Found In Mainland France

PARIS, France – France on Thursday reported its first two cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, as the government’s top scientific adviser said it could become dominant in the country by the end of January. The health body for the Ile de France region of greater Paris said in a statement an Oricon case … More First Two Cases Of Omicron Variant Case Found In Mainland France

First Known UAE Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In Fully Vaccinated Traveller

PARIS, France – – The United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday its first known case of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, state news agency WAM reported. The variant was detected in an African woman who had travelled from an African country and transited through an Arab country, WAM said. The woman had received both doses … More First Known UAE Case Of Omicron Variant Detected In Fully Vaccinated Traveller

France Ramps Up Vaccine Booster Drive, Tightens Entry Rules

PARIS, France – France is stepping up its COVID-19 booster vaccination campaign and tightening entry rules for arrivals from outside the European Union in response to the spread of the Omicron variant, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Gabriel Attal also said flights from countries in southern Africa, where the variant was first detected last … More France Ramps Up Vaccine Booster Drive, Tightens Entry Rules

Saudi Arabia Reports First Omicron Case Coming From North Africa

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID – 19 variant coming from a north African country, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday. SPA, quoting a statement from the kingdom’s health ministry, said authorities had isolated the person and people who where in contact with them. The first Omicron variant … More Saudi Arabia Reports First Omicron Case Coming From North Africa

Kazakhstan Suspends Flights With Egypt Over Omicron Variant

NUR – SULTAN – Kazakhstan has suspended flights with Egypt, a popular holiday destination for residents of the central Asian nation, citing a case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus found in Belgium in a passenger arriving from the African country. The Nur – Sultan government added that it would curb entry for citizens of … More Kazakhstan Suspends Flights With Egypt Over Omicron Variant

Kuwait To Suspend Flights From 9 African Countries Over Omicron Variant

PARIS, France – Kuwait is to suspend direct flights from nine African countries from Sunday due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus discovered in South Africa, the government communication centre tweeted on Saturday, citing a cabinet decision. The countries are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi.