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WHO warns that an Omicron variant can infect vaccinated people

WHO warns

Key Takeaways:

  • The WHO has alerted that the omicron COVID-19 variant can infect people who have been immunized.
  • On Monday, the WHO published a new warning about the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, saying it could be dangerous for fully vaccinated people and those previously infected.

According to Reuters, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on Monday, “There is no consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading enormously faster than the Delta variant.”

“And it is more probable that people who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 will be infected or reinfected,” Tedros added. As a result, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan stated that it would be “unwise” to conclude that the omicron variant causes only mild symptoms.

According to her, the omicron variant is evading immune responses.

Omicron variant can also infect vaccinated people; Image from Times of India

According to Swaminathan, booster shots should be given to people who have weakened immune systems.

According to a recent study, the omicron variant of COVID-19 is “markedly resistant” to current COVID-19 vaccines, antibody treatments, and COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as I reported for the Deseret News.

“We discovered that (omicron) was significantly resistant to neutralization by serum not only from convalescent patients but also from people who had been vaccinated with one of the four widely used COVID-19 vaccines.” “Serum from people who had been vaccinated and boosted with mRNA-based vaccines exhibited significantly reduced neutralizing activity against B.1.1.529,” according to the study.

Despite this, experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser on the coronavirus, advise people to get booster shots to stay protected against omicron.

“Our booster vaccine regimens are effective against omicron,” said Fauci.

Source: deseret

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