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European Medicines Agency says omicron cases are mostly “mild”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Thursday that most cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the European Union appeared to be “mild.”

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“The cases appear to be mostly mild, but we need to gather more evidence to determine if the spectrum of severity of the disease caused by omicron is different from all the variants that have circulated so far”said Marco Cavaleri, head of vaccine strategy at the Amsterdam-based EMA.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that omicron appears to cause a higher rate of reinfection, but causes less severe symptoms.

Pfizer and BioNTech, meanwhile, insisted on the efficacy of their current vaccine against the variant.

“At this time, we do not have sufficient data on the impact of this variant on the efficacy of approved vaccines, but we are continually scanning the horizon for results in this regard”, Cavaleri added.

The EMA has so far approved four vaccines, two antibody treatments and has given the green light to the emergency use of the pill developed by Merck.

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