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Omicron variant of coronavirus


Omicron variant of coronavirus


The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has triggered travel bans by several countries.But many experts say that the ban may not make as much sense as striving for a universal vaccination requirement for all air travel.


They say:


“Travel bans could be at best modestly effective” The again, people from the affected countries could travel to those countries which have not declared a travel ban already. 


This could lead to unintended or accidental mixing could happen, triggering transmission.


For eg:


US citizens, lawful permanent residents

and non-citizens who are the spouses of citizens or permanent residents are exempted from the new restrictions.


Earlier in an interview to the press,Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the United States President Joe Biden said that the US has started to see an uptick that had plateaued at around 70-75,000 Covid-19 cases a day to 80,000 lately. It has not yet reported an Omicron case.


Fauci said:


“We certainly have the potential to go into

a fifth wave. But its magnitude will really

be dependent upon what we do in the next few weeks to a couple of months.”


So, what are the vaccine manufacturers up

to?

Vaccine makers have already started assessing the threat from Omicron and are discussing ways to address it. Moderna said that it's working quickly to test the ability of its vaccine to neutralise Omicron.


If Moderna’s current vaccine and booster

are insufficient against the variant, one

possible solution is boosting people with

a larger dose, undergoing testing.


Moderna is also evaluating two multivalent

booster candidates to see if they provide

better protection against Omicron. The company is also testing an Omicron-specific booster.


Germany’s BioNTech is investigating the

impact of the variant on their shot, while

Johnson & Johnson is statement testing the effectiveness of its vaccine against Omicron.


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