Researchers at the University of Oxford announced on Tuesday that there is “no evidence” to suggest that a common COVID-19 vaccine was recently discovered and does not protect against the Omicron CCP virus variant that caused the global panic.
So far, the University of Oxford has stated in a statement that data on Omicron are limited and that the effect of variants on vaccines will be carefully examined. Oxford has partnered with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to create one of the most commonly used vaccines in the world.
“Despite the emergence of new variants over the past year, vaccines continue to provide a very high level of protection against serious illness, and so far Omicron,” Oxford said in a statement. There is no evidence that is different. ” “But if needed, we have the tools and processes needed to expedite the development of the latest COVID-19 vaccine.”
This is due to the United States, the European Union, Israel, Japan, and other countries issuing travel bans for several countries in southern Africa. Omicron variants were first discovered in South Africa and Botswana earlier this month.
And last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated this variant as one of its concerns, Skip “Xi” When named Omicron strain in the Greek alphabet. In the latest information on Sunday, the United Nations Health Agency is still uncertain whether Omicron is more contagious than the delta or alpha variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, as researchers from South Africa and other countries are conducting research. Said not obvious it causes COVID-19.
“In the South African region affected by this mutation, the number of people tested positive is increasing, but epidemiological studies are underway to understand whether it is due to Omicron or other factors. . “
In several news interviews, top South African doctors who helped ring the alarm against Omicron said that the Omicron variant appears to exhibit milder but unusual symptoms compared to the Delta variant. Stated.
“Most of what we present to primary health care professionals are very mild cases, so they are mild to moderate. Therefore, these patients do not need to be hospitalized for now. Means, “said Angelique Kotze, President of the South African Medical Association. Said Tuesday morning CNN.
However, according to WHO’s assessment, Omicron said, “There is a potential for future spikes in COVID-19, which can have serious consequences depending on many factors, including where the surge may occur. Yes “,” The global risk associated with (Omicron variant) was rated very high. “
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden, adjacent to COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci, said in a speech Monday that Americans should be vaccinated or boosted.
At the same time, Biden said he doesn’t think states, businesses and local governments need to implement closures, blockades, or stay-at-home orders that were commonplace last year but have been criticized for their significant economic consequences. rice field.
“This variant is a source of concern, not a cause of panic,” Biden told the White House. “There are more tools to fight variants than ever before.”