Booster Dose Neutralises Covid-19 Omicron Variant. Says EU Research
The Daily Guardian|January 17, 2022
Aim of study was to characterise efficacy of therapeutic antibodies and scientists concluded that many mutations in spike protein of variant enabled it to largely evade immune response.

An international team of researchers Lrecently studied the sensitivity of Omicron to antibodies compared with the currently dominant Delta variant.

The new COVID-19 Omicron variant is more transmissible than the Delta variant. However, its biological characteristics are still relatively unknown.

In South Africa, the Omicron variant replaced the other viruses within a few weeks and led to a sharp increase in the number of cases diagnosed. Analyses in various countries indicate that the doubling time for cases is approximately 2 to 4 days.

Omicron has been detected in dozens of countries, including France, and became dominant by the end of 2021.

In a new study supported by the European Union's Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the Vaccine Research Institute, in collaboration with KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium), Orleans Regional Hospital, Hospital Europeen Georges Pompidou (AP-HP) and Inserm, studied the sensitivity of Omicron to antibodies compared with the currently dominant Delta variant.

The aim of the study was to characterize the efficacy of therapeutic antibodies, as well as antibodies developed by individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 or vaccinated, in neutralizing this new variant.

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