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WHO has no doubts about the effectiveness of current vaccines against Omicron | Coronavirus

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“There is no reason to doubt” that the current vaccines protect patients infected with Omicron against severe forms of COVID-19, said Tuesday, Michael Ryan, the head of emergencies of the World Organization of health (WHO), in an interview with AFP.

We have very effective vaccines that have been shown to be potent against all the variants so far, in terms of disease severity and hospitalization, and there is no reason to believe that would not be the case. with Omicron, explained Dr Ryan, in a rare one-on-one interview.

The general behavior that we observe so far shows no increase in severity. In fact, some places in southern Africa report milder symptoms, also declared the doctor, like what had said a little earlier the eminent American scientist Anthony Fauci, also to AFP.

We must be very careful in our way of analyzing these data, however said Doctor Ryan, taking care to emphasize on several occasions that we were at the very beginning of the studies of a variant detected only on November 24 by the South African authorities and which has since been spotted in dozens of countries.

The appearance of this variant has caused some panic, especially in Europe which is already in the grip of a massive fifth wave of cases of COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant.

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