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Omicron Spreading To Vaccinated, More Transmissible Than Delta – WHO

OMICRON VARIANT – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the omicron variant is spreading even to the vaccinated.

Almost 3 years into the pandemic, the world has seen the coronavirus evolve into different variants. Now, all eyes are on the new Omicron variant.

Recently, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the world:

There is now consistent evidence that Omicron is spreading significantly faster than the Delta variant..

And it is more likely people vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 could be infected or re-infected

Meanwhile, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said Omicron successfully evaded immune responses. This meant that booster programs in many countries should be geared toward people with weaker immune systems.

Omicron Spreading To Vaccinated, Says WHO
Image from: Scientific American

Furthermore, the WHO official emphasized that Omicron was better at evading antibodies the body produces thanks to the vaccines. However, he noted that there are still different forms of immunity that could negate infection.

As such, the official said that he thinks not all vaccines would become ineffective. Moreover, he highlighted that even though antibodies are being avoided, the body’s T-Cells are still intact.

T cells are an important part of our body’s immune system. These are the cells that help fight and eradicate specific foreign particles and substances.

WHO said that the T-Cells would be an integral second pillar for our immune response. Additionally, he cited that scientists are now developing second and third-generation vaccines.

Still, WHO said that China, where the new coronavirus was first detected, should be more transparent with their data relating to its origin.

We need to continue until we know the origins, we need to push harder because we should learn from what happened this time in order to (do) better in the future

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