January 27, 2022

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The WHO warns that Omigron has a high re-infection rate

Omigron appears to have a higher restart rate, but causes less severe symptoms, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday, while Pfizer and BioNTech labs promised a vaccine against Govit-19.Always efficient“After three doses against this variation.

Preliminary data from South Africa suggest an increased risk of re-infection“People who have been cured or vaccinated”Is high with Omicron, but requires additional data“To make decisive decisions, the head of the WHO, Tetros Adanom Caprais, has warned.

There is some evidence that Omigron causes less severe symptoms than Delta – currently the most common variant – but it is too early to confirm again.“, He added.

Pfizer and BioNTech for their part emphasize the effectiveness of the current vaccine against the Omicron variant.


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Announcements by top scientists at the WHO and the White House suggest that the current Covit-19 vaccine may be more appropriate for this variant, which has caused panic in South Africa. .

First data released by American virologist Angela Rasmussen, Pfizer and other independent studies “At least encouraging“.”The third dose reduces the risk of infection in those who have been vaccinated“, at-elle dit à l’AFP.

However, it is not the only way to fight the disease and with caution, only antibody levels are measured here. from this,”The question that still remains unanswered is the impact of the severity of the disease“It is caused by Omigran,” he stressed.

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Questions about performance

The first results of a study, most partially, expressed optimism.

According to the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), this is a South African organization that has sponsored one of Omigran’s first immunization studies.Somewhat escapes the given immunity“By the Fischer vaccine.

Dr. Michael Ryan, an emergency official with the WHO, stressed that there were early studies of a variant that was only discovered on November 24 by South African authorities, and then found in dozens of countries.

The general behavior we see so far does not show an increase in severity (disease). In fact, some places in South Africa report mild symptoms“Dr. Ryan underscored this, as he told AFP’s Anthony Fossie, a White House adviser on the subject.


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However Omigron “Clearly very contagious“, Perhaps more than Delta,” Dr. Fossey agreed.

It’s no different. “Not sufficiently neutralized after two sizes“, Pfizer and Bioentech agreed on Wednesday. But”If the vaccine is given three times, it is still effective against Covit-19 (…)“Based on unpublished studies, they said.

Nevertheless, both labs have revealed what they do.A specific vaccine must be developed regularly“Against Omigron, Hopefully”Make the adaptation available by March if needed“.

UN calls for compulsory vaccination

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Wednesday that compulsory vaccination would never be acceptable.

Under no circumstances should people be vaccinated forcibly, and if a person refuses to comply with the vaccination obligation, for example there may be legal consequences, such as an appropriate fine.“, Michelle Bachelet ruled in a video message.

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The WHO, which is facing a resurgence of the epidemic in Europe, is currently calling for better protection for the most vulnerable group of children.

To avoid further class closures and a return to distance education, the European branch of this international body advises strengthening testing in schools and considering vaccinating school children.


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In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that he was tightening restrictions on the spread of Omigran, including the return to televisions and the introduction of vaccine passports in some areas.

Norway will strengthen for its part from Thursday and its health activities for four weeks, especially with a limited number of people attending home events, including Christmas celebrations.

The Danish government has also decided on new restrictions. The Christmas school holiday has been extended to four days, with teleworking set up as much as possible and from December 10, bars and restaurants will have to close at midnight, making it mandatory to wear the mask again.

In Poland, the vaccination rate is the lowest in the European Union, with Warsaw City Hall on Wednesday saying its hospitals do not have ventilators for Kovit-19 patients.

In Austria, the popular opera scheduled for February 24 in Vienna has been canceled for the second year in a row due to an epidemic.