A coronavirus “super variant” worse than Delta could emerge next year and every unvaccinated person is a potential “super transmitter,” according to one expert.
Sai Reddy, an immunologist from the federal institute of ETH technology in Zurich, Germany, said a combination of existing strains could result in a new and more dangerous phase of the pandemic.
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“Covid-22 could be even worse than what we’re feeling right now,” he said. As a result, immunization needs to be stepped up in the coming years as the world continues to fight the evolving threat, “perhaps for the rest of our lives,” he added.
Speaking to the Swiss-German newspaper Blick, the scientist said that “this is no longer Covid-19” and warned that anyone who refuses to be vaccinated will be infected with the new variant at some point.
“The viral load is so high that anyone who has not been vaccinated and is infected with this variant can be a supertransmitter,” he continued.
Reddy said all children should be vaccinated because there is enough evidence to show that vaccines are not a threat to children under 12 years old.
According to the expert, “advances in vaccination” will arrive in the European autumn, when cases will increase again, and there may be the return of harsh restrictive measures in some countries.
“It is very likely that a new variant will emerge in which we cannot rely solely on vaccination,” he said. “That’s why we have to prepare ourselves to have several vaccines in the coming years, which are constantly being adapted to new variants.”
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