Concerned about the panic situation; Need for further study, says Dr Muliyil

A day after reporting 2 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the Union government wrote to states asking them to be “very vigilant”.

The union health secretary called on state governments to improve surveillance. In the letter, he also added that the evidence indicates that fully vaccinated people are protected from the severity of the disease.

INSACOG, the EU government’s main genomic monitoring agency, has recommended booster shots of the COVID vaccine for people over 40, especially the high-risk, high-exposure population. INSACOG said the low levels of neutralizing antibodies in current vaccines would likely not be enough against Omicron, and the booster shots will likely reduce the risk of serious illness.

To discuss the Omicron Challenge, CNBC-TV18 spoke with Dr. Jayaprakash Muliyil, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute of Epidemiology.

Watch the video to learn more.

First publication: STI


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