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Health Secretary Sajid Javid expects Covid Omicron cases 'to rise over the coming days'

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said he expects Omicron cases to "rise over the coming days", as experts warned the new Covid variant could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

The UK now has 11 confirmed cases of the variant, with six cases discovered in Scotland and five in England so far.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), preliminary evidence suggests Omicron carries a higher risk of reinfection.

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Mr Javid, speaking in the Commons, said: “We expect cases to rise over the coming days.

“The new variant has also been spreading across the world. Confirmed cases have been reported in many countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany,

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said he expects Omicron cases to "rise over the coming days", as experts warned the new Covid variant could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school pupils amid a new wave of infections sweeping across the continent.It is the first time the European Medicines Agency has cleared a COVID-19 vaccine for use in young children.The agency said it "recommended granting an extension of indication for the COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty to include use in children aged 5 to 11."At least one country facing spiking infections didn't wait for the EMA approval. Authorities in the Austrian capital, Vienna, already have begun vaccinating the 5 to 11 age group.

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