“Omicron will not be the last variant you will hear us speaking about. The next variant of concern will be more fit and what we mean by that is it will be more transmissible because it will have to overtake what is currently circulating. The big question is whether or not future variants will be more or less severe,” stated Maria Van Kerkhove, covid-19 technical lead at WHO.
WHO additionally stated that it’s possible that there will likely be extra immune escape, making the present vaccines much less efficient in opposition to new variants, even because it emphasised on vaccination to guard in opposition to extreme illness and deaths. “We don’t need to be in that scenario. So, we need to be sure that we cut back the unfold,” she said.
“We expect that with the right interventions, the circulation of Covid-19 will be low. But even within those circulations, there will be flare-ups among people who are not protected by the vaccine or those who have waning immunity,” added Kerkhove.
She additionally warned that the world might even see seasonal patterns for an infection surges, because the coronavirus is a respiratory pathogen.