“Blinken especially commended the work of South African scientists for quickly identifying the omicron variety and the South African government for transparency in the dissemination of information,” the US State Department said in a statement.

On November 25, it became known that scientists have identified a new strain of coronavirus in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong, which could potentially become the most dangerous. 

The US medical regulator recommended that all persons over five years of age undergo a full course of vaccination against coronavirus infection in connection with the emergence of a new omicron strain.

Kirill Masliev, Candidate of Medical Sciences, head of preventive medicine at EMC, founder of the Heroes Foundation for the support of medical workers, in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda radio, announced the unpredictable future of the COVID-19 pandemic.