The new omicron variant is in Europe. At least one case, identified in Belgium: a young, not vaccinated woman, who arrived from Egypt via Turkey. And she is scary. To Italy, who tries to keep him away by blocking the entrance to those who have stayed in one of the eight countries that have been affected by him in the last fourteen days, and the European Union, which, through the President of the Commission, Ursula Von der Limen, asks for an update of vaccines "according to contracts with suppliers". And to the World Health Organization, in "Maximum Alert".
It is variant B.1.1,529, renamed by WHO as omicron, which has a very high number of mutations in the Spike protein. More contagious, with greater risk of reinfection and, it is feared, more resistant to vaccines (for now this last is just a hypothesis) are the characteristics that have triggered activating the alarms.
The Special Envoy of the WHO for the Covid-19, David Nabarroanto, speaks of "greater capacity" to evade vaccines.
Maria Van Kerkhove, who leads the WHO area dedicated to Coronavirus, specifies that "some weeks will be needed to understand the impact of this variant in the vaccine".
Walter Ricciardi, Consultant of the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, clarifies what are certainties at this time: "This variant is worrisome for the very high degree of contagion that seems to possess. To calculate the greatest danger and the possible ability to escape from the Vaccines, you have to wait ".
Pfizer says he will have the first results within two weeks and "in the event that a variant of the virus escapes the vaccine" may develop and produce a "serum-made serum in about 100 days".
The South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), the Public Reference Institute in Infectious Diseases, talks about similar symptoms to previous versions of the virus (including the presence of asymptomatic individuals).
The Italian government, with an order signed by Speranza, has banned the entry to Italy until December 15 to those who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Eswatini and Namibia in the last 14 days, and the Air traffic is suspended.
As the United Kingdom, India, Israel, Japan, Spain, Germany and Czech Republic, and in line with Von Der Limen's request: "News about the new variant are very worrisome. Member States act together to limit their propagation. Activate The emergency brake suspending all flights. "Updated Date: 27 November 2021, 10:55