A top Covid-19 adviser to the South African government is refusing to panic like his foreign colleagues, asserting that the ‘super-mutant’ Omicron strain won’t cause a major spike in cases and vaccines will work against it.
“We’re not going to have a severe epidemic” because of the Omicron strain, Barry Schoub, who heads South Africa’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 vaccines, told Israel’s Channel 12 on Friday.
A new round of infection in the country “is going to be a lot less severe. There’s a lot more immunity, more people are vaccinated,”He said that he was happy to share his thoughts. About 35% of South Africa’s population has been fully immunized so far, which is only a half of the government’s year end-goal, but still much better than in most African nations.
When asked about Omicron’s possible resistance to current jabs, Schoub insisted that “we can be pretty comfortable”This is the issue. According to preliminary data, “the vaccine will still prevent serious disease. That, I think, we are pretty sure about,”He said.
“How effective it will be in preventing milder disease – that, we’ve still got to understand,”The virologist also added.
Omicron also existed “unlikely”Schoub claims that Covid-19 may be more dangerous. South Africa “the great majority of the patients have been mild. In fact, there hasn’t been a very substantial increase in hospital admissions so far.”
But, the expert said that it wasn’t. “early days”It was necessary to study the issue in detail.
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