British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first known omicron death on Monday, claiming that the UK is facing a “tidal wave” of infections from the new variety, which has demonstrated a stronger resistance to immunizations.
After the announcement broke on Monday, long lineups developed at vaccination clinics across the country, with Johnson also declaring that booster injections would be provided to all adults. On Sunday, the British government upped the country’s coronavirus hazard level, saying that omicron’s rapid expansion “adds new and rapidly increasing risk to the public and health care providers.”
“I’m afraid it is now evident that two doses of vaccination are just insufficient to provide the kind of protection we all require,” Johnson said in a speech to the United Kingdom, revealing a new timeframe for the country’s booster deployment.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News on Sunday that preliminary findings show that the omicron variant is spreading.