Omicron appears to have a higher restart rate, but causes less severe symptoms, while the World Health Organization said Wednesday that Pfizer and BioNTech labs promised that their COVID-19 vaccine would be “more effective” after three doses against this variant.
Preliminary data from South Africa suggest that those who have recovered from the disease or who have been over-vaccinated with Omigran are at increased risk of re-infection.
“There is some evidence that Omigron causes less severe symptoms than Delta – the most common variant at present – but again it is too early to be sure,” he added.
Pfizer and BioNTech for their part emphasize the effectiveness of the current vaccine against the variant Omnicron.
Prior announcements by WHO and senior White House scientists that vaccines against COVID-19 are the most appropriate in the face of this variation, with the latest finding in South Africa causing panic.
These are the first results of a study, albeit very partial, that expresses confidence.
According to the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), the South African organization funded one of the first studies on resistance to the Omigron vaccine, which “partially escapes immunity” provided by Pfizer.
Dr. Michael Ryan, an emergency official with the WHO, stressed that there were early studies of a variant that was only discovered on November 24 by South African authorities, and then found in dozens of countries.
“The general behavior we see so far has not shown any increase in intensity. In fact, some places in South Africa are reporting mild symptoms,” Dr. Ryan stressed, as House counsel Anthony Fossi previously told AFP.
However, Omigron is “clearly more contagious” than Delta, Dr. Fossie agreed.
Pfizer and Bioendech groups agreed Wednesday that “it was not sufficiently neutralized after two doses”.
But “the vaccine would still be effective against COVID-19 (…) if the vaccine had been given three times,” they said, based on unpublished studies.
Both labs, however, have indicated that they will “continue to develop a specific vaccine” against Omicron, believing that “an adaptation will be available by March if needed”.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Wednesday that compulsory vaccination would never be acceptable.
“People should not be vaccinated under any circumstances, and refusing to comply with a person’s vaccination obligation may have legal consequences, for example appropriate fines,” Michelle Bachelet ruled in a video message.
While this is very worrying in Europe, it is already in the grip of the fifth wave of Covit-19 caused by the delta variation.
Faced with a resurgence of epidemics on the continent, the WHO is currently calling for better protection for the most vulnerable segment of children, while making compulsory vaccination for the population a “complete last resort”.
To avoid further class closures and a return to distance education, the European branch of this international body advises strengthening testing in schools and considering vaccinating school children.
In Germany, the new president, Olaf Scholes, and his government have a “great responsibility” to combat the COVID-19 eruption, the federal president said Wednesday.
In neighboring Austria, the famous opera ball scheduled for February 24 in Vienna was canceled for the second year in a row due to an epidemic.
In the fire of critics, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an internal inquiry into his role and apologized for the sentiment given after airing a video confirming that a Christmas party actually took place on Downing Street last year. Corona virus.