- As of Wednesday, 8,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported.
- There were 4,300 cases confirmed Tuesday.
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Salim Abdool Karim, a professor of the Africa Task Force for Coronavirus, told BBC News that the full picture won’t emerge until “people get so sick that they need to go to hospital” which is generally “three, four weeks” after infection.
- “But the feedback we’re getting from the ground is that there’s really no red flags — we’re not seeing anything dramatically different, what we’re seeing is what we are used to,” he told BBC News.
- “Our message is: Don’t freak out, the plan remains the same: Speed up the administration of a third booster shot,” he said.
- “Our belief (that the vaccines work against omicron) is rooted in science: If a virus achieves immune escape, it achieves it against antibodies, but there is the second level of immune response that protects from severe disease — the T-cells,” Sahin told The Wall Street Journal. “Even as an escape variant, the virus will hardly be able to completely evade the T-cells.