The Next Two to Three Weeks Will Show If Omicron Will Remain Mild And Resist Vaccines— Ashish Jha

One of the world’s most highly regarded experts on global public health says Omicron is “growing very very fast” but we cannot say if it has outcompeted Delta because in the last month “there wasn’t that much Delta around in…

The Next Two to Three Weeks Will Show If Omicron Will Remain Mild And Resist Vaccines— Ashish Jha

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One of the world’s most highly regarded experts on global public health says Omicron is “growing very very fast” but we cannot say if it has outcompeted Delta because in the last month “there wasn’t that much Delta around in South Africa”. Appearances, he said, can be deceptive. However, Prof. Ashish Jha accepts that preliminary data suggests Omicron could be more infectious than Delta but also points out this is not a definitive finding because most of the cases have come from one province of South Africa i.e. Gauteng. Prof. Jha says there is no evidence that the disease Omicron creates “will be just mild”. We need to wait for the second or even third week of infection to know for sure. He also says laboratory test results, which should be available in another week, are likely to give a clearer idea whether Omicron resists vaccines. Finally, Prof. Jha adds, on the basis of all that we now know, “it’s not helpful to say it’s (Omicron) horrific”.
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