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Omicron statement from WHO: Very big risk

The World Health Organization noted that there is uncertainty as to whether Omicron is more contagious than the Delta variant. On the other hand, Oxford University’s research revealed that the corona virus vaccines used have limited protection against the Omicron variant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which is seen in more than 60 countries, including Turkey, poses a “great risk” for global health.

In the statement made yesterday by WHO, it was reported that there are serious uncertainties about the Omicron variant, which was first seen in South Africa and Hong Kong last month.

The news that Omicron has significantly increased the risk of transmission of Covid-19 has recently caused concern.

The World Health Organization announced that the effects of the Omicron variant are not yet known, but that “the danger is great”.

“The overall risk associated with the new Omicron variant remains very high for a number of reasons,” the WHO statement said. WHO also announced that the number of people who were re-infected with Covid-19 has increased in South Africa, where preliminary data were first seen for Omicron.

Noting that those who have been vaccinated and previously infected with Covid-19 cannot produce enough antibodies against Omicron, the organization pointed out that this situation leads to high rates of infection and “serious consequences”. WHO stated that there are uncertainties about whether Omicron is more contagious than the Delta variant.


In the statement, it was stated that despite the possibility of a milder course of the disease in Omicron, the contagiousness and therefore the hospitalization rates are expected to increase, which may lead to a greater burden on hospitals and more deaths.

In the findings obtained previously in South Africa, it was noted that Omicron may be less risky than Delta, and all cases reported in Europe were mild or asymptomatic.


Two doses of Covid-19 vaccines do not provide sufficient protection against Omicron, according to laboratory analysis published today by researchers from Oxford University collaborating with WHO. Scientists at Oxford University stated that there is no current evidence that Omicron causes more serious disease.

In the study, which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, British scientists found that those who received two doses of the vaccine provided less protection against the Omicron variant.

In the statement made by Pfizer and BioNTech, which developed the corona virus vaccine, which is also used in Turkey, it was noted that two doses of the vaccine they jointly produced were able to prevent the heavy passing of Covid-19 despite the new variants.


Source From: Sozcu

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