Existing vaccines will hopefully shield towards Omicron, WHO official tells RT

Already-introduced vaccines may hopefully be able to shielding folks from extreme Covid-19 illness even towards the brand new Omicron variant, World Health Organization (WHO) consultant in Russia Melita Vujnovic advised RT.

The WHO doesn’t have any “strong indications” thus far suggesting the Covid-19 pressure not too long ago found in southern Africa possesses a “major immune escape” mechanism, Vujnovic stated on Tuesday, including that the UN well being watchdog hopes meaning the present vaccines would work towards it as they do within the case of all earlier Covid-19 variants, together with Delta.

All the present jabs primarily stop extreme illness the place a vaccinated individual contracts Covid-19, the WHO consultant defined. They additionally cut back an infection charge however are nonetheless unable to interrupt the an infection chain fully, she admitted.

They will present a sure stage of safety, together with for essentially the most weak. That is a very powerful.

The world is but to learn the way excessive this stage of safety could be, Vujnovic stated, including that each one the vaccine producers are at the moment testing their merchandise towards the brand new pressure and are to current the outcomes of those assessments shortly.

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The WHO consultant additionally stated she personally helps the concept of the jabs changing into a “global good so that we can vaccinate everybody,” when requested if vaccine patents ought to be suspended.

The UN well being watchdog nonetheless doesn’t know simply how harmful the brand new pressure is, Vujnovic admitted. Many Omicron circumstances recorded in South Africa thus far concerned pretty younger folks and Covid-19 typically tends to be not so extreme in relation to this demographic, she defined.

“We do not have reports at this moment that it is causing a more severe disease or that it is more lethal,” she stated, including, although, that the WHO doesn’t possess sufficient epidemiological information to substantiate that’s certainly the case.

No Omicron an infection clusters have thus far been recognized within the WHO European Region, Vujnovic additionally stated, referring to the group comprising European nations, former Soviet states, Turkey and Israel. “Delta continues to be the predominant strain” there, she stated.

So far, solely a handful of Omicron circumstances have been reported by a number of European nations, together with Germany, Belgium, the UK, and the Netherlands. The newest information printed by the Dutch well being authorities recommend, although, that the brand new Covid-19 variant might have arrived to the continent sooner than beforehand thought.