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UK scientist backs vaccines towards Omicron

UK scientist backs vaccines against Omicron
The British scientist who led the analysis underpinning AstraZeneca’s coronavirus jab mentioned on Saturday a brand new vaccine might be developed towards the rising Omicron variant “very quickly” if wanted.

Professor Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, additionally mentioned present vaccines ought to work towards the brand new pressure, however that may solely turn out to be obvious after extra analysis within the coming weeks.

“It’s extraordinarily unlikely {that a} reboot of a pandemic in a vaccinated inhabitants like we noticed final yr (with the Delta variant) goes to occur,” he instructed BBC radio.

But when required, “The processes of how one goes about growing a brand new vaccine are more and more well-oiled, so if it’s wanted that’s one thing that might be moved very quickly.”

The UK authorities introduced new journey restrictions affecting inbound passengers from six African nations together with South Africa.

The US and European nations have adopted go well with on the restrictions, and the variant has been confirmed in Belgium.In a press release, AstraZeneca mentioned it had “developed, in shut collaboration with Oxford College, a vaccine platform that allows us to reply rapidly to new variants which will emerge”.

The UK-based medicine firm mentioned it was “already conducting analysis in places the place the variant has been recognized”.

Vaccine makers Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Novavax have additionally mentioned they’re assured of with the ability to fight the Omicron pressure.