August 17, 2022

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Glimmer of optimism: The Omigron variant causes more “mild” symptoms

Omigron again appears to have a higher rate of infection, but causes less severe symptoms, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Medicines Agency. For their part, Pfizer and BioNTech Labs promised that their vaccine against Govit-19 would be “always effective” after three doses against this variant.

The European Pharmaceuticals Agency (EMA) on Thursday confirmed the effects of omigran variants on humans. “Cases often seem trivial, but we need to gather more evidence to determine if the spectrum of severity of the disease caused by omega-3s is different from all the other types that have spread so far.” Said Marco Cavaleri, head of EMA’s vaccination strategy in Amsterdam.

Less dangerous, but more conducive to spread. “Preliminary reports from South Africa indicate a risk of re-infection” Those who have recovered from the disease or have been vaccinated “More with Omicron, but more data needed” To make definitive decisions, WHO boss Tetros Adonom Capreius announced his role with caution. He also confirms it “There is evidence to suggest that Omigran causes less severe symptoms than Delta – the most common variant at present – but it’s too early to confirm.”.

An effective vaccine against Omigran, according to the manufacturers

Pfizer and BioNTech for their part emphasized the effectiveness of the current vaccine against the Omicron variant. “At this point, we do not have enough data on the impact of this variation on the effectiveness of approved vaccines, but we are constantly scanning the horizon for related results.”, Ceylon M. Cavalry.

EMA has so far provided the green light for the emergency use of four vaccines, two antibody therapies and a tablet developed by Merck Labs. The EMA recently announced the introduction of a rapid review of the anti-Govt vaccine by the Franco-Austrian laboratory Volneva, which uses a more conventional technology than the vaccines approved so far in the EU.

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Not everyone agrees

The first results of a study, in part, show confidence. According to the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), the South African organization sponsored one of Omigran’s first immunization studies “Partial escape from the given immunity” By the Pfizer vaccine.

It is no different “Adequately neutralized after two levels”, Agreed with Pfizer and Bioentech groups on Wednesday. Corn “The vaccine would have been more effective if it had been given three times against Govit-19 (…)”, Based on unpublished studies, they said.

Nevertheless, both labs report it “Continue to develop a specific vaccine” Against Omicron, hope “Make an 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. If a person refuses to comply with the vaccination obligation, for example, there may be legal consequences, such as an appropriate fine.”, Ruled by Michelle Bachelet in a video message.

AstraZeneca, for its part, received approval Wednesday from U.S. health officials to protect its synthetic antibodies against Covid-19 before the virus infects some individuals who may be underperforming for vaccines for medical reasons. This is the first time that the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) has urgently approved such a pure preventive treatment. But that’s not what it is about “Alternative to Vaccine”, She warned.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Omicron tightens controls to prevent spread, Including the return to delivery on Monday and the introduction of the vaccination passport in some places.

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English football clubs have not escaped either, raising fears of further disruption to European competitions. Tottenham, with eight players and five staff who tested positive, announced at the Europa League conference that they would cancel the game against Rennes, while Leicester moved to Napoli in the Europa League without seven players, “according to coach Brendan Rodgers, a positive test for Govt.

Other European countries are stepping up their operations

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.