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‘I think we’re right to be concerned’ – Dr De Gascun on new variant Omicron

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A major concern surrounding the new Covid-19 variant Omicron is its impact on vaccine effectiveness, the Director of UCD’s National Virus Reference Laboratory has said.
A major concern surrounding the new Covid-19 variant Omicron is its impact on vaccine effectiveness, the Director of UCD’s National Virus Reference Laboratory has said. D r Cillian De Gascun said there is reason to be concerned about the new variant but that there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines won’t be effective against it yet. “There are a lot of unknowns at the moment, but I think we’re right to be concerned because if we look at Omicron it’s far more divergent than any of variants that we’ve seen to date. “There are other mutations that we haven’t seen before and we’re not too sure what they do but their location in the spike protein concerns us. “The worry is because it’s so far removed from the original virus, is that we will see more reinfections even in people who have been infected before and we will see an impact on vaccine effectiveness,” he told Brendan O’Connor on RTÉ.

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