NEW DELHI: India's genomic sequencing consortium has suggested that booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccines be administered to people over the age of 40 years, targeting those who are at the highest risk of exposure and severe disease, as one response to the new Omicron variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
"Low levels of neutralising antibodies from the current vaccines are unlikely to be sufficient to neutralise Omicron, although the risk of severe disease is still likely to be reduced. Based on the preliminary data, it is likely that population immunity and vaccine-induced immunity may not sufficiently block its propagation," said the Indian SARSCoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in its weekly bulletin for November 29 released by the country's department of biotechnology on Friday. Since the bulletin was prepared, two cases of infection by the Omicron variant have been identified in India, and experts say many more could emerge in the coming days.
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