Washington: US epidemiological infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said that it is too early to say whether Omicron will end the Covid pandemic as other similar variants with the potential to dodge vaccines may emerge.
Mr Fauci said at a virtual event on the Davos agenda on Monday that natural vaccination, or immunity acquired through past infection, may not be as effective as some believe.
The Daily Mail quoted him as saying that like Omicron, new variants are likely to emerge in the future that may be able to dodge the corona vaccine or the body’s immune system. Omicron has fewer side effects than other previous variants.
The New York Times quoted him as
It is an open question whether Omicron is going to become the active virus vaccination everyone is hoping for, as there is more variability with new variants.
He said that the world is still in the first place in the five stages of the pandemic. The first phase is actually the pandemic phase which has affected the whole world really badly. This is followed by case reduction, control, elimination and elimination.
He said that smallpox is the only infectious human disease that has now been eradicated, but that is not going to happen with this virus.
first published:Jan. 18, 2022, 9:27 p.m.