The new Omicron variant, known officially as XBB.1.5 or by its subvariant nickname, Kraken, is highly contagious but does not appear to pose a greater threat than the original Omicron, the spokesperson for Poland’s health ministry has said.
Two cases of a new omicron sub-variant that has appeared in Western Europe have been found in Poland, Waldemar Kraska, the deputy health minister said on Thursday.
Some 24,000 Poles have received a second Covid booster jab, this time targeted against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Adam Niedzielski, the health minister, has said.
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced on Twitter that the first batch of over 450,000 targeted vaccines against Covid-19 had arrived in Poland on Friday.
The health minister has announced that there is a chance for Poland to receive the first batch of updated versions of vaccines against Covid19 this week.
Vaccines for the Omicron Covid variant will be available from September, the health minister has announced.
The Omicron variant now accounts for 95.6 percent of all positive Covid tests, the health ministry's spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Within days, the highly infectious but apparently less vicious Omicron variant of the coronavirus will constitute 100 percent of all new Covid-19 infections in Poland, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health has said.
The Omicron variant now accounts for 84 percent of all positive Covid tests, the health ministry's spokesperson has said.
Poland carried out more than a million Covid-19 tests over the past seven days, with the average daily figure at above 150,000, the health minister has said.