- The WHO expects to have information on the transmissibility of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus within days.
- WHO chief scientist Swaminathan stated the agency believes the COVID-19 vaccines will work against the variant.
The WHO expects to have information on the transmissibility of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus within days. It technically leads on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove said on Wednesday.
That was quicker than the “weeks” the WHO had predicted last week that it would take to assess the data available on the variant after addressing it as a “variant of concern.”
Whether the variant is more transmissible vaccines are essential questions that need answering.
Vaccine developers have said it would take about two weeks to assess whether their shots are effective.
Van Kerkhove said one scenario was that the new variant, first reported in southern Africa, maybe more transmissible than the dominant Delta variant. She stated it was not yet known if Omicron makes people more ill.
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WHO chief scientist Swaminathan stated the agency believes the COVID-19 vaccines will work against the variant.
Mike Ryan, WHO’s emergency director, reiterated the agency’s opposition to the blanket bans on flights to and from southern Africa that have been imposed by Britain and other countries, saying it would not prevent the variant’s spread:
“The plan can just put an airtight seal on few countries isn’t possible. I can’t see the logic from an epidemiological or public health perspective.”
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