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Dr. Maria van Kerkov, a leading epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO), said there was nothing to suggest that vaccines would not work against the omigran variant of SARS-Cove-2.
‘There is no indication that the vaccines will not work. Vaccines can save lives, even if the efficacy is somewhat reduced, “the expert told a news conference, and advised people to get vaccinated sooner.”
“It is very important that you get vaccinated because you are significantly less likely to get serious illness and die than you are not vaccinated,” he recalled.
Van Kerkov called for caution in urgently judging the implications of the variance. All measures taken for Delta should be strengthened for Ómicron, until more information becomes available, he stressed.
Chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan acknowledged that vaccines, like other types, continue to protect against serious diseases, “but we need to study if they lose some of their effectiveness.”
As for when cases appeared in the Netherlands before the official announcement of South Africa and Botswana, Van Kerkov now insisted that “not much importance should be given to where and when they arose”.
He lauded Director General Tetros Adanom Caprais Botswana and South Africa for “discovering, sorting and reporting this variation so quickly. I am deeply concerned that those countries are now being punished by others for doing the right thing.”
For this reason, he called for “rational and proportionate risk reduction measures to be adopted in accordance with international health regulations, which include measures to delay or reduce the spread of the new variant, i.e. passenger screening before departure.” / Or upon arrival, or use of isolation for international travelers.
“Public travel bans will not prevent the international spread of Omicron and will not place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” he warned.

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