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Omicron ‘possible’ will not be the latest emerging variant of the pandemic

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that it was “certainly possible” that the Omicron variant was not the latest COVID-19 variant of the pandemic.

Anchor Chuck Todd said: “It seems a lot of scientists seem to be surprised at how much this virus has mutated or how fast this virus is mutating. So I guess we are in your sense of where we are. Look, I know we need to get more vaccinated around the world, but realistically, should we basically expect a new dominant variant every six months? We’ve had Delta before that. I mean, are we? we in this kind of pattern here? “

Collins replied, “It’s certainly possible that this won’t be the latest emerging variant that will get a lot of attention and concern. This one has the most mutations we’ve seen so far. Omicron with around 50 mutations from the original Wuhan virus. It seems they probably first appeared in an immunocompromised individual – it’s a hypothesis, but it seems plausible – who hasn’t been able to fully fight the virus. So it stayed in the system for months with that person until they finally recovered. And this is, of course, a perfect situation for the virus to detect additional mutations along the way. As this is going to continue to happen, if we don’t have adequate immune protection across the world – yes, we’re probably going to see something. We will have to use some of the other letters of the Greek alphabet.

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