Onishchenko assessed the ability of the omicron-strain of coronavirus to resist vaccines

Onishchenko: the omicron-strain is more contagious than the previous ones, but the vaccine against it works the vaccine against it works exactly. So his ability to withstand drugs in a conversation with “Lenta.ru” was assessed by the former chief sanitary doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko.

The emergence of a new strain, he associated with the lack of measures to combat COVID-19.

“New strains did not appear frequently – they appear as expected. There is only one reason – we do not take sufficient measures, and the most important measure is specific prevention. If everyone would be vaccinated and have already forgotten about it, but now [the strains] appear, live their own lives, and we do not oppose anything to them, “Onishchenko said.

He added that the sooner people get vaccinated , the less chance the coronavirus will have to appear in a new guise.

The newest strain COVID-19 B.1.1.529 was identified in South Africa, it was assigned the Greek letter “omicron” (O). Experts from the World Health Organization have recognized it as a threat. According to the WHO, it may affect more people in the world, including those who have recovered from other strains, and existing vaccines may not be effective.