World Economic Forum's report did not mention the new COVID-19 variant in July 2021. The report was updated with information on Omicron in November.
Preliminary reports suggest that the new variant can spread quickly and evade the human immune system. This has raised the alarm in many countries. Consequently, some social media users claim that the World Economic Forum (WEF) knew about the Omicron variant in July 2021 but WHO disclosed it only now.
On checking, we found that the WEF article that mentioned the Omicron variant was updated on November 26, 2021, from the original. It was done to add that the new B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa. The original article was first published on July 12, 2021. The archived version of the 12 July article has no mention of the Omicron variant. Thus it is clear it is an attempt to misguide the public by referring to an old article, and hence we mark it as false.