Risk of omicron spreading in Europe ‘high to very high’

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The chief epidemiologist in the United States, Doctor, Anthony Fauci, said that there are contacts with scientists in South Africa about the new Corona mutant, “Omicron”.

And he added, in his first statement about the new mutant that was discovered in African countries, that “a review of South African research will help the United States better understand whether the new corona mutant is not affected by Covid vaccines, and how future waves of infection differ from previous waves,” according to what he said. to network”CNN“.

The Corona “Omicron” mutant caused a number of countries, including the United States, to impose travel restrictions on many countries in South Africa, which include: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Fauci said that the Omicron topic is still interacting and developing, as facts are still coming in, stressing that there are “very active contacts” with South African scientists.

He pointed out that there is no indication of the presence of the “Omicron mutant in the United States”, adding that it may “spread at a fairly rapid rate” as it was discovered in South Africa with a traveler to Hong Kong, after which Belgium announced its confirmation of a case of the same mutant.

Fauci believes that the accumulation of information about the Corona virus and its mutants will give scientists a better opportunity to predict the effectiveness of vaccines against the Covid-19 mutant, stressing that “we do not know for sure whether this mutant can escape from the antibodies stimulated by the current vaccines or not.”

He explained that “some mutations raise concern in terms of the possibility of their rapid spread, or their ability to resist antibodies.”

And a European health agency announced, on Friday, that the risk of spreading the new “Omicron” mutant Covid in Europe is “high to very high.”

In a risk assessment report, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that “the overall level of risk associated with the SARS-Cove-2 Omercon mutant in the European Union has been assessed from high to very high.”

And an advisory committee of the World Health Organization had classified the new mutant of the Corona virus, which was first discovered in South Africa, as a highly contagious virus of concern, and it was called “Omicron”.

Concerns about this new mutation caused a drop in oil prices and a sharp decline in global stock markets, and several countries around the world took preventive measures, including travel bans, to confront the risk of the spread of the mutation, which is believed to be the “most prevalent” compared to the rest of the variables.

The new variant is spreading rapidly in parts of South Africa, and scientists are concerned about the unusually large number of mutations that could make it more transmissible and help it evade immunity produced by vaccines.

The US pharmaceutical company Moderna announced Friday that it will develop a booster dose against the Omicron mutant.

“Variables in the omicron mutant are worrisome, and for the past few days we have been moving as quickly as possible to implement our strategy to confront this mutant,” said company president Stefan Bancel.

“Moderna will rapidly develop a candidate vaccine to provide a specific booster dose of the Omicron mutant,” the US company said in a statement.





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