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COVID: Vaccines should work against omicron variant, WHO says

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) official, existing immunizations should still protect those who get the Omicron strain from severe Covid cases.

It comes as preliminary lab testing in South Africa suggest the new version can partially resist the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the researchers, the vaccine’s antibodies had a “significant reduction” in their ability to neutralize the new strain.

Dr. Mike Ryan of the WHO, on the other hand, said there was no indication that Omicron would be better at evading vaccines than other variations.

“We have incredibly effective vaccinations that have shown effective against all the variants so far, in terms of severe disease and hospitalization, and there’s no reason to anticipate that it wouldn’t be the same” for Omicron, according to Dr Ryan, WHO’s emergencies director.

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He said initial data suggested Omicron did not make people sicker than the Delta and other strains. “If anything, the direction is towards less severity,” he said.

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