January 19, 2022

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Omicron will spread fast, says government, hopes it will be milder

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Omicron will spread fast, says government, hopes it will be milder
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Omicron will spread fast, says government, hopes it will be milder
Omicron will spread fast, says government, hopes it will be milder

NEW DELHI: The Omicron variant is likely to cause increased reinfections and some mutations reported on the spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines, the government said on Friday, urging people to wear masks properly and maintain physical distance and good ventilation.
“Vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved. Hence, vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease and, vaccination with the available vaccines is crucial. If eligible, but not vaccinated, one should get vaccinated,” the health ministry said.
Though scale and magnitude of rise in cases as well as disease severity are still unclear, the government is hopeful that disease severity will be low in India due to the fast pace of vaccination and high exposure to the Delta variant as evidenced by high seropositivity. “However, scientific evidence is still evolving,” it said.
“It is important to highlight that Omicron has been declared VoC (variant of concern) based on the observed mutations, their predicted features of increased transmission and immune evasion, and preliminary evidence of detrimental change in Covid-19 epidemiology, such as increased reinfections. The definitive evidence for increased remission and immune evasion is awaited,” it added.
The government maintains that so far the rate of re-infections or breakthrough infections have been very low. It also underlined the need for full vaccination as there is still no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines are not effective against the new variant. Reports from South Africa suggest a jump in reinfections with the arrival of Omicron.

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