Omicron. WHO: New vaccines need to be developed

According to experts from WHO Technical Advisory Group on Composition of Vaccines against COVID-19, “SARS-CoV-2 virus evolution will continue”and Omikron “probably won’t be the last variant of the coronavirus.”

Scientists recalled that though existing vaccines protect against the severe course of COVID-19then their effectiveness may be less in the case of variant of the Omikron.

Therefore, in their opinion, the current strategy of administering successive doses of booster vaccines, it may not be sufficient and will not solve the pandemic problem.

“The coronavirus strategy based on booster doses of the original COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be appropriate and sustainable.” – they informed.

According to experts, the best solution to contain the pandemic is development of new vaccinesthat will better prevent infection and transmission of coronavirus.

“Until such vaccines are available and with the evolution of the coronavirus, the composition of current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updatedto provide greater protection against COVID-19 “- added.

On Monday, the boss of the Pfizer concern announced that the company has started production of a vaccine against the Omikron variant.

– That vaccine it will be ready in March. We’ve already started producing a certain amount, ‘Albert Bourla told CNBC. As he noted, the preparation is also intended to protect against other circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2.

“Hopefully we will achieve something that will give you much better protection, especially against infections, because protection against hospitalization and death makes sense with current vaccines as long as you get a third dose,” said Bourla.

The director also informed about the work on a multivariate vaccine Modern Stephane Bancel. He announced that the preparation, which is also supposed to protect against Omikron, is to be ready this autumn.

According to the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe in the next few weeks over half of Europe’s population will be infected with the Omikron variant.

– On the Old Continent, in the first week of 2022, it was registered over 7 million new COVID19 cases Dr. Hans Kluge said at a press conference in Geneva. – Compared to the data from two weeks ago, this is more than doubling the new number of infections – added.

As predicted by the Health Assessment Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle (IMHE), at this rate over 50 percent the population of the region (Europe) will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks Director Kluge announced.

A wave of Omicron infection is already putting the health systems to the test (…) in many countries where the variant spread rapidly. Omikron may also overload these systems in many other countries – emphasized the expert.

Kluge also noted that the new coronavirus variant is spreading faster than any previous variant. He called on all European states to introduce the obligation to wear masks in confined spacesand also to send priority for vaccine campaigns, including booster doses. This is especially true for people at increased risk of developing the disease, such as the elderly and healthcare professionals.


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