The WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan said there was no sign Omicron would be better at evading vaccines than other variants. “We have highly effective vaccines that have proved effective against all the variants so far, in terms of severe disease and hospitalisation, and there’s no reason to expect that it wouldn’t be so” for Omicron, Dr Ryan, the WHO’s emergencies director, told media. „Omicron’s ability to escape vaccine antibodies is “incomplete”, also said Prof Alex Sigal, a virologist at the Africa Health Research Institute. Scientists believe previous infection, followed by vaccination or a booster, is likely to increase the neutralisation level and will probably protect people against severe disease. As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 789,000 Americans.
The daily death average in the U.S. has increased to more than 1,150. Community spread in America is occurring now. Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday told news agency Agence France-Presse that the omicron variant is “almost certainly” not more severe than delta. But that it would take at least several more weeks to understand key questions surrounding omicron’s severity, he also said. Health professionals continue to reiterate the importance of getting a flu vaccination this season as well.