Virologist Sandra Ciesek: "On Friday morning, I read on Twitter that there was a new variant."

Virologist Sandra Ciesek: "On Friday morning, I read on Twitter that there was a new variant."

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A Virologist Discusses the New Variant "In the Coming Weeks, We’ll Know How Well Vaccines Protect Against Omicron"

Sandra Ciesek became one of the first researchers to examine the new coronavirus variant. The virologist says it remains unclear whether Omicron is actually more infectious than Delta, but there is still a chance, she says, to get ahead of the curve.
Interview Conducted By Irene Berres
"In a couple of days, special PCR tests will be available that are designed to identify the Omicron variant."
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"I expect that in the coming weeks we’ll know more about how well antibodies, and thus, the vaccines, are able to protect against Omicron."
"I have read both: that symptoms are allegedly milder, but also that they are more severe. It shows how uncertain the data is at the moment."
"We are hoping that the vaccinated are still protected from severe symptoms despite Omicron."