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Omicron could be more contagious than Delta, but experts say it's unlikely to be completely resistant to vaccines; research needed

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Omicron could be more contagious than Delta, but experts say it's unlikely to be completely resistant to vaccines; research needed Omicron could be more contagious than Delta, but experts say it's unlikely to be completely resistant to vaccines; research needed

Omicron could be more contagious than Delta, but experts say it's unlikely to be completely resistant to vaccines; research needed






By Meryl Kornfield, Adela Suliman, Christine Armario and María Luisa Paúl
The Washington Post

A new variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is raising concern around the world.

South Africa confirmed Thursday that it had detected a variant with many mutations that could make it more transmissible than the Delta variant, and adept at evading the body?s immune defenses. On Friday, the World Health Organization labeled it a ?variant of concern? and gave it a Greek letter designation: Omicron.

Several countries, including the United States, have since restricted travel from southern Africa while epidemiologists race to learn more. Cases have been identified in nearly a dozen nations, most but not all tied to recent travel to Africa.
There is too little research to draw conclusions, with experts urging caution but not panic. Studies are underway to examine how vaccines hold up against the new variant, with some experts expressing initial optimism that they will offer protection. Even if the variant limits the effectiveness of vaccines, it probably will not completely subvert the protections that vaccines provide, experts say.

Vaccine makers are working to understand how well their vaccines can control Omicron, A Pfizer spokesperson said in a statement, ?In the event that vaccine-escape variant emerges, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to be able to develop and produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in approximately 100 days, subject to regulato...
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Publication date: 29-11-2021 16:06
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