People who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus, as well as elderly citizens and patients with concomitant diseases, are at greatest risk of infection with the Omicron strain. This was announced by Maria van Kerkhove, head of the technical team of the Emergency Diseases Unit of the World Health Organization (WHO), and Mike Ryan, WHO Director of Emergencies.
“Omicron” continues to pose a huge threat to their lives and a huge threat to their health, “- broadcast Ryan on January 11, the TV channel CNBC…
He clarified that those people who received a dose of the vaccine tend to tolerate COVID-19 in a mild form. In this regard, according to the WHO Director of Emergencies, everyone should seriously consider the need for vaccinations.
Kerkhove, in turn, drew attention to the WHO data, according to which the mortality rate with “Omicron” is higher among older people. At the same time, she added that in comparison with the Delta-strain from Omicron, a smaller proportion of people die, and the risk of a serious course of the disease and hospitalization is lower. At the same time, Kerkhove recommended not to consider Omicron as a frivolous threat.
Earlier that day, a general practitioner, toxicologist Alexei Vodovozov said that the Omicron coronavirus strain will become the dominant one in the world, but by the end of 2022 it will survive a “fall”. He clarified that he did not mean the complete disappearance of Omicron by the end of 2022. In countries with a low percentage of vaccinated, this strain will persist and mutate, the doctor added.
On the same day, the director of the Gamaleya Center of the Russian Ministry of Health, Alexander Gintsburg, said that the Sputnik V vaccine does not require modifications for the new Omicron strain. This is how the Russian vaccine differs from the mRNA preparations from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna.
A large-scale vaccination campaign is underway in the Russian Federation. Citizens are vaccinated for free. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, which became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVak.
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