Russian virologist assessed the effectiveness of vaccines against the omicron strain COVID-19

Infectionist Malyshev: the available vaccines will act against the omicron strain COVID-19

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According to Nikolai Malyshev, an infectious disease doctor, there are many indications that vaccines on the market will be effective against the new variant. Nevertheless, Malyshev stressed that they will probably act a little weaker. The professor noted that the omicron-strain appeared its own recently and it is too early to talk about its ability to be transmitted between vaccinated.

Professor of Moscow State University, Doctor of Biological Sciences Alexei Agranovsky, in turn, said that the study of the effectiveness of vaccines against a new variant could become “a real and worthy task ahead of the curve.” He noted that it is quite possible to determine in the laboratory how effectively the antibodies of vaccinated people neutralize the virus. In addition, Agranovsky added that any strain of coronavirus can be transmitted from the vaccinated, but the likelihood of this is much less than in the case of the unvaccinated. In order to judge the rate of transmission of the omicron strain, its symptoms or lethality, there is still not enough data, he summed up.

Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned those who had had COVID-19 about a possible infection with a new omicron strain … According to preliminary data, the risk of infection with a new strain in patients with coronavirus may be higher. At the same time, it is emphasized that information on this matter is limited. In addition, at the moment it remains unclear whether infection with the new strain causes a more severe course of the disease compared to infection with other variants.

A new strain of coronavirus, code B.1.1.529, was detected in South Africa on November 11. The first confirmed cases of infection were recorded on November 24. The strain was named with the Greek letter “omicron” and have already managed to recognize its danger at the WHO level.



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