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Omicron variant won’t have major impact on China currently
Published on: 2021-11-29
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the Omicron variant, originally referred to as B.1.1.529, a "variant of concern."
 

WHO said on Friday that early evidence suggest the Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa, could pose an increased risk of reinfection and said that some of the mutations detected on the variant were concerning.
 

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus won't exert any major impact on China currently, said Zhang Wenhong, China's leading infectious disease specialist, adding that the country's swift response and dynami "zero-case" policy endow it with the ability to cope with any coronavirus variant.
 

Many countries are now re-imposing health restrictions amid the unknown danger of Omicron. Zhang, who is the head of the Shanghai COVID-19 medical team, whisked off the possibility of the new variant's major impact on China at current stage.
 

The epidemiologist said that it is hard to say that the global effort in fighting against coronavirus has gone up in smoke, and that two weeks of data and lab materials are needed to make a precise judgment of the new variant.
 

He noted that the vaccination rate in South Africa, where the new variant caused a jump in infection, is very low, with just 24 percent of fully vaccinated individuals. "If the situation [in South Africa] occurred in Israel [where more than 80 percent are vaccinated], then undoubtedly, we would say the world is facing another round of a tough COVID-19 fight," said Zhang.
 

He also warned that if it is confirmed that the new variant is able to break the current immune system, then scientists have to adjust the current vaccine system, which means new vaccines have to be developed on yearly basis.
 

Zhang said he and his colleagues are also studying the new variant.
 

新毒株突变远超其他!张文宏最新判断!

11月26日,世界卫生组织将最新报告的新冠病毒变异毒株希命名为“奥密克戎”(Ο),并列入了密切关注变异株,引起世界广泛关注。当地时间11月27日,意大利科研团队发布奥密克戎的全球首张图片,与新冠变异病毒德尔塔毒株相比,奥密克戎毒株拥有更多的刺突蛋白突变。
 

针对目前当前疫情,中午,上海复旦大学附属华山医院感染科主任张文宏发表长文《上海疫情进入尾声,全网目光聚焦奥密克戎》,在文末表示,对中国目前还不会产生大的影响。

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