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Omicron’s ‘troubling’ variant ‘strongly suggests’ she could escape vaccine

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Dr Anthony Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the new Omicron Covid variant of COVID-19 was “bothersome” because it could “escape” immunity from vaccines.

Of current COVID vaccines, Fauci said, “It may not be as effective in protecting against the initial infection. But it has a very big impact on decreasing the likelihood that you will derive serious consequences from it. So it’s a bugle call, as far as I’m concerned, to say let’s put all these differences aside that we have and say, if you’re not vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, get a boost. And get the children vaccinated.

Fauci said, “Right now what we have is we have a window into the mutations that are in this new variant. And they’re troublesome because there are about 32 or more variants in this very important spike protein of the virus, which is the commercial end of the virus. And there are about ten or more of these mutations that are found on this part of the virus. We call it the receptor binding domain, which actually binds to cells in your nasopharynx and lungs.

Fauci added: “In other words, the profile of the mutations strongly suggests that it is going to have a transmissibility advantage and that it might escape the immune protection you would get, for example, from a monoclonal antibody. or recovery serum after a person has been infected, and maybe even against some of the vaccine-induced antibodies. This isn’t necessarily what’s going to happen, but it’s a strong indication that we really need to. to prepare. “

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