Epidemiologist Rutherford: vaccines are effective against COVID-19 strains, the new one is no exception reason to think that the new strain from Africa will be an exception. This opinion was expressed in comments to “Lenta.ru” by Professor of Epidemiology at the University of California at San Francisco (USA) George Rutherford.
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The specialist emphasized that so far there is no evidence that the available vaccines have a lower chance against a new strain, called the Greek letter omicron.
Earlier, the Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the strain could spread throughout the world in the next few months. On the evening of November 26, the World Health Organization recognized the new strain as a species of concern.
The first reports of infection with the new strain in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong appeared on November 24. Later, those infected with a new variety of COVID-19 were found in Israel and Belgium. British scientists from University College London suggested that B.1.1.529 would be more resistant to vaccines than the delta variant. Amid reports of the potential danger of the new strain, a number of countries have suspended flights with African countries.