Anti-Govt vaccines could be more effective against Omicron, which does not appear to be more dangerous than Delta, which is spreading more around the world, senior scientists from the WHO and White House told AFP.
“There is no doubt that current vaccines protect patients with Omicron’s form from severe forms of Govit-19,” WHO Emergency Manager Michael Ryan said in a statement Tuesday evening. Rare interview with AFP.
“We have the most effective vaccines that have so far proven to be powerful against all variants based on the severity of the disease and hospitalization, and there is no reason to believe that it will not.” With Omicron, its discovery raises the winds of panic in South Africa in late November, as doctor Ryan is hammered.
However, he acknowledged that vaccines may be less effective against Omigran, which is characterized by a very high number of mutations. But “this is highly unlikely” can completely escape the protection provided by vaccines.
The very beginning of the study
The WHO official stressed that this was the beginning of a variation study that was only discovered on November 24 by South African authorities, and has since been found in dozens of countries.
“The general behavior we have observed so far has not shown an increase in severity. In fact, some parts of South Africa report mild symptoms,” the doctor stressed, said Anthony Fauci, a former White House consultant.
The U.S. scientist told AFP on Tuesday that it was “almost certain” that Omicron would not cause more serious events than the Delta, adding that it would be necessary to wait “at least two weeks” to determine if it was dangerous. “There are some indications that this may be even less serious,” he said.
However, according to Dr. Fassi, Omigron is “clearly more contagious” than Delta.
The origin of this variation has caused some panic, especially in Europe in the grip of a massive fifth wave of Covit-19 cases already caused by the delta variation.
Many countries around the world announced border closures, especially to South Africans, which angered Pretoria, which condemned the unjust allocation.
The European Commission on Tuesday called on 27 people to coordinate their operational controls in the face of concerns over the Covit-19 eruption and Omigron, and again urging them to speed up vaccination campaigns.
Meanwhile, Brazil on Tuesday rejected the need for vaccination certification for foreigners coming to its soil, following a move by President Jair Bolsanaro to compare the measure recommended by the health regulator to “leash” for animals.
“You can not discriminate between vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals (…) Science already knows that vaccines do not completely prevent the spread of the virus,” Health Minister Marcelo Guerrero said after the president’s interim meeting.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Brazil’s vaccine, but said that this was not the case.
Norway on Tuesday announced the strengthening of health measures to combat the outbreak of Govt-19 cases, especially for a small number of people attending home events, including Christmas celebrations.
Most affected children
Faced with a resurgence of the epidemic in Europe, the WHO has now called for better protection for children of the most vulnerable age, while making the compulsory vaccination option available to the public as a “complete last resort”.
To avoid further class closures and a return to distance education, the organization’s European branch advises schools to strengthen testing and consider vaccinating school children.
The Portuguese Health Commission has recommended that children between the ages of five and eleven be vaccinated with the Covit-19 vaccine, which has been linked to rising pollution in Portugal, one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
As the number of cases in Spain continues to rise, Spanish health officials have approved the vaccination of children between the ages of five and eleven, which will take place from December 15.
Cuba has approved the emergency use of the Soperana Plus vaccine for children over the age of two recovering from Govt-19.