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EU needs to buy time on Omicron variant - EU's von der Leyen

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EU needs to buy time on Omicron variant - EU's von der Leyen
EU needs to buy time on Omicron variant - EU's von der Leyen   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">RIGA</span> – The European Union needs to buy time to assess fully the implications of the new Omicron variant, the president of the European Commission said on Sunday.</p> <p>Von der Leyen, speaking during a visit to Latvia, said she took the variant seriously, which the World Health Organization had called a “variant of concern”.</p> <p>“We know that we are in a race against time…. And the scientists and manufacturers need two to three weeks to have a full picture about the quality of the mutations of this Omicron variant,” she told a news conference.</p> <p/> </div>