The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 was neutralized by 3 doses of the vaccine. They report it Pfizer-BionTech after tests carried out in the laboratory, multiplies the antibodies up to 25 times. According to reports from the Bloomberg Agency, the third dose of the vaccine guarantees a level of protection similar to that observed after two doses against the original virus and the variants known so far.
The hypothesis that three Pfizer doses, as announced by the pharmaceutical giant, can neutralize the Omicron variant, finds the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, cautious. “We await – he told Agreements and Disagreements on the Nine – the judgment of the international authorities. We wait for their evaluations to consolidate. There is still no final judgment and the impact of the variant is not yet certain. We cannot follow other evaluations. . For me – he concluded – the reference is the international authorities such as the WHO, the EMA and our Aifa “.
Meanwhile, patient zero is cured. “After twenty days of quarantine there remains the feeling of having passed a very hard test and without the serious consequences that other people have suffered. And this thanks to the vaccine, which has made us feel safe”. Like this the Eni manager of Caserta was the first positive in Italy at the end of November to the new South African variant called Omicron; his two children, his wife, mother, mother-in-law and a caregiver also tested positive for Omicron. Everyone has always been in good health and today they have been negativized (except the mother-in-law); already tomorrow they will find the certificate of recovery from Covid on the platform and will be able to exit. “From tomorrow I will be able to travel again – adds the manager – but in these twenty days, in addition to the anguish and the sword of Damocles represented by the continuous tampons we were subjected to, we have been able to rediscover the beauty of being together as it hasn’t happened for some time. For those used to travel, staying twenty days at home is not easy, it generates a sense of oppression; but there is also a positive side, seeing my children how happy they were to have me at home all day; they were well, also because they are used to Dad by now. And anyway, I repeat, without the vaccine we would never have been calm. So I hope that even those who are reluctant to go get vaccinated “concludes the professional.
In the ICoGen platform “13 confirmed cases in Italy of Omicron variant of Sars-CoV-2: 7 of the cluster in Campania; 3 in Veneto; 1 respectively in Piedmont, Sardinia and Bolzano. Of the total of 13 cases, 12 are imported or imported contacts. For one (in Veneto) investigations are underway. The sequencing of 4 other suspects is also underway. “This was reported by the Higher Institute of Health.
“Three cases of the Omicron variant were detected by the Spallanzani Institute and the epidemiological investigation was immediately launched”. This was announced by the royal councilor for health Alessio D’Amato. “They are two women, one from South Africa with an Ethiopian Airlines flight and bound for the province of Macerata. The second from France (Paris) and resident in Lazio. The third is a man, a Nigerian soldier on a mission and return to their own country. The three cases – he adds – are all well and are in isolation “.
“The Omicron variant has so far been reported in 57 countries and we expect the number to continue to grow. Some features of Omicron, including its global spread and large number of mutations, suggest that it could have a major impact on the course of the pandemic. ”WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said in the Covid briefing from Geneva.