The World Economic Forum has decided to postpone its Annual Meeting in Davos due to the outbreak and spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The meeting was scheduled to happen in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, between January 17 and 21, 2022. It is now planned for early summer.
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A statement released by the Geneva-based organisation said, “The World Economic Forum will defer its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in the light of continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak.”
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The deferral was to ensure safety due to rising concerns over Omicron transmissibility, prioritising the health and safety of everyone — the participants, collaborators and the host community — involved in physical meetings.
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The statement also added that, “current pandemic conditions make it extremely difficult to deliver a global in-person meeting. Preparations have been guided by expert advice and have benefited from the close collaboration of the Swiss government at all levels”.