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November 27, 2021 The new Omicron variant identified in South Africa has already landed in Europe with a case in Belgium, while a surge in infections in New York State has prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.

According to the European Center for Disease Control, the level of risk is "high or very high" and the gap on immunizations needs to be bridged.

Pfizer and Moderna let it be known that they are already at work but in the meantime the European authority urges caution.

The continent has closed the border to southern Africa, as well as North America and some countries in the Middle East.

Various events and the WTO meeting canceled.

South Africa protests, 'draconian and unjustified travel bans'.

Hope, 'a line of maximum prudence on the new variant chosen'.