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- All over-18s in the UK will be offered a booster vaccine as part of the government's efforts to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant
- The gap between second doses and boosters is also being reduced from six to three months
- But speaking at a news conference, the UK's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam has insisted that it is ''not all doom and gloom'' surrounding the Omicron variant.
- Eleven cases of the Omicron variant have now been detected in the UK. Two new cases have been recorded in London and six in Scotland
- The WHO warns that the Omicron variant poses a high risk of infection surges around the globe, and could lead to severe consequences in some regions
- In the US, President Joe Biden has said the new strain "is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic", and that he does not foresee new lockdowns or travel restrictions
- UN chief Antonio Guterres says he is "deeply concerned" about travel restrictions being imposed on southern African countries in response to the new variant.
- South Africa's health minister has said there is "absolutely no need to panic" over the spread of Omicron