Fauci says early data on Omicron from SA is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is

2021/12/06 20:15:00

Fauci says early data on Omicron from SA is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is | @BISouthAfrica

Fauci says early data on Omicron from SA is 'encouraging' but we don't yet truly know how deadly it is | BISouthAfrica

The top US medical doctor said 'thus far' there didn't seem a 'great degree of severity' to Omicron, which is more mutated than the Delta variant.

new Omicron coronavirus variant is"encouraging," Dr.06 December 2021 - 11:31 Agency Staff Anthony Fauci, US President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser.05 December 2021 - 21:42 Matt Spetalnick and Susan Heavey Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks in Washington, DC, the US, December1 2021.05 December 2021 - 21:42 Matt Spetalnick and Susan Heavey Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks in Washington, DC, the US, December1 2021.

Anthony Fauci has said.However, it's too early to tell if Omicron causes only mild infection, Fauci, President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor, told CNN's State of the Nation Sunday.“Thus far, it doesn’t look like there’s a great degree of severity to it,” Anthony Fauci, US President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said on Sunday, while cautioning it’s too early to be certain.Fauci said that"thus far" there didn't seem to be a"great degree of severity" to the Omicron variant, which has a high number of mutations in the part of the virus that attaches to human cells.Fauci also hoped the US would lift its ban on travellers from Southern African countries in a"reasonable period of time", and praised SA for its transparency."But we really got to be careful before we make any determinations whether it's less severe" than Delta, Fauci said.Moderna president Stephen Hoge said there was a “real risk” that existing vaccines would be less effective against Omicron.The highly infectious Delta variant, which itself has mutations that help it avoid the immune response, is the most common variant in the US.“That ban was done at a time when we were really in the dark — we had no idea what was going on,” Fauci said.

"Thus far, the signals are a bit encouraging" regarding Omicron's severity, Fauci said, adding that Omicron was"clearly" becoming the most common variant in South Africa — the country that sounded the alarm fewer than two weeks ago, and where Omicron is fast spreading.More Omicron cases were found in Australia’s New South Wales, which has been getting back to normal after months of lockdown.US medical advisers are evaluating the new restrictions on “a daily basis”.The average number of new daily Covid-19 cases per million in South Africa has increased more than 17 fold from November 22, to 167 on Sunday,.

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