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Omicron |  Does the new variant cause a more serious disease?

Omicron | Does the new variant cause a more serious disease?

Omicron |  Does the new variant cause a more serious disease?

Lima, December 6, 2021Updated on 06/12/2021 03:14 pm

The first indications about the severity of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus are “somewhat encouraging,” said the main adviser to the US government on the pandemic, Anthony Fauci, although he warned that information is still missing.

“Although it is too early to make definitive assertions, until now ”, Fauci told CNN.

“So far, the signs are somewhat encouraging,” stressed.

Medical experts have recently stressed that the population of South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first found, tends to be young and that

Laboratory tests are trying to determine if Ómicron, a variant of the virus with dozens of mutations, is more transmissible than others, resistant to immunity from vaccines and infection, or generates more severe symptoms. Results are expected in the next few weeks.

“There is a real risk that we are going to have a decrease in the effectiveness of vaccines”, Stephen Hoge, president of the vaccine manufacturer Moderna, told ABC Channel.

But the magnitude of the effects is still unknown, he said.

“Will it be like what we saw with the Delta variant, in which lately the, or will we see something like a 50% decrease in effectiveness, which would mean we need to restart vaccines? “

Moderna and other pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, have already started work on adapting their vaccines to the new variant if necessary.

At least 15 US states and about 40 countries have confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.

The United States last week imposed entry restrictions for people from South Africa and seven other southern countries to curb infections.

Fauci said Sunday that he hopes those “Within a reasonable period.”

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