How Vaccines Can Tackle the New Omicron Variant of COVID – Dr. Gottlieb Brings Good News

How Vaccines Can Tackle the New Omicron Variant of COVID – Dr. Gottlieb Brings Good News
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus keeps looking for ways to mutate in order to survive. This is a normal thing for viruses, and they don’t seem to care if we like it or not. Therefore, the new variant known as Omicron (B.1.1.529) is causing a new wave of worries across the world.

Obviously, people are wondering if the current COVID vaccines, such as those developed by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or others, are capable of overcoming the new coronavirus variant. Pfizer even considers updating its vaccine in order to make it able to tackle the new strain of COVID if it proves to be resistant against the current jabs. The Hill now reveals the good news brought by the former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gotlieb.

Three vaccine doses should work

Those who are fully vaccinated for COVID and get an even booster dose should also be protected against the new Omicron variant. This is not our statement. It’s what the vaccine developers themselves believe, according to Dr. Scott Gottlieb. The former FDA chief reveals that these folks have “a pretty good degree of confidence” that three vaccine doses will be enough.

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Dr. Gottlieb declared, as quoted by The Hill:

The question here is going to be whether or not a fully boosted individual someone who’s had three doses of vaccine has good protection against this variant right now,” said Gottlieb, who now sits on Pfizer’s board of directors.

If you talk to people in vaccine circles, people who are working on a vaccine, they have a pretty good degree of confidence that a boosted vaccine, so three full doses of vaccine, is going to be fairly protective against this new variant.

But there’s a catch here, as the former FDA commissioner also reveals that no clinical studies or test tube studies have been completed yet regarding the Omicron variant. The blood of vaccinated people against the new strain must be closely analyzed, and that should happen in a maximum of two weeks.

 


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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