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Omicron coronavirus strain: WHO sees no need to develop new vaccine

Source : 112 Ukraine

WHO believes that it will be enough to finalize those vaccines that already exist
22:42, 1 December 2021

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The World Health Organization sees no need to develop a new vaccine due to the Omicron coronavirus strain. It is reported by The Guardian.

"There is no need to develop a new vaccine, it is enough to make minor changes to the existing formulas. There is no evidence of a lower efficacy of the vaccine due to Omicron," the WHO said.

Related: Omicron strain: Infects those recovered from Covid-19 and spreads rapidly

The organization added that today Omicron has been identified in 24 countries, most of the patients are mildly ill. Also, there is still no reason to believe that the Omicron variant has a longer incubation period than other strains.

Meanwhile, Omicron, the new strain of coronavirus with 32 mutations found in South Africa could replace the Delta strain and become the most dominant one across the world. Adrian Puren, the Acting CEO of South African National Instititue for Contagious Diseases said so.

"We thought what will outcompete Delta? That has always been the question, in terms of transmissibility at least, ... perhaps this particular variant is the variant," the scientist said.

According to him, if Omicron proves to be more contagious than Delta, it might lead to the rapid outbreak of incidence and create pressure on hospitals.

Related: Ukrainians urged not to travel to number of African countries because of Omicron Covid strain

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