The University of Oxford had shared its point of view on the omicron variant of the coronavirus. They have made it very clear in their statement. It is kind of a relief, to be honest, to hear them say this.
They have stated that there is no proof that the vaccine might be ineffective against the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Does that not sound like music to your ears? There are many people who were worried out of their mind (us included) about this new variant of the coronavirus that could prove to be more deadly and more infectious than the delta variant.
“Despite the appearance of new variants over the past year, vaccines have continued to provide very high levels of protection against severe disease and there is no evidence so far that omicron is any different,” a University of Oxford spokesperson told Fox News in an email. “However, we have the necessary tools and processes in place for rapid development of an updated COVID-19 vaccine if it should be necessary.”
The spokesperson had also said that the people are not well aware of the effects of this variant either because of the fact that it had just been recently found and the research on it is not yet complete.
Unless and until there is conclusive proof that the omicron variant of the coronavirus can withstand the vaccine and the immunity created by it, we can not just assume things. That is all that we have for now.
University of Oxford Professor of Paediatrics and Vaccinology and Co-Author Matthew Snape said:
‘We were delighted to help our colleagues with this important study to improve our understanding of how the virus is evolving, and it has always been a goal of the Com-COV studies to have samples ready, if needed, to test various vaccination schedules against new variants of the coronavirus as they emerged.
These numbers are significant, but they only tell a portion of the story. Once the assays are available, we will also be able to test the samples that have been preserved to see if they can reveal any information regarding cellular immunity after the second treatment.
Significantly increasing antibody concentrations, as is known with a “third dose” booster, is anticipated to result in greater potency against the Omicron variety, although we have not yet evaluated its impact.
According to the Paper’s Co-Author, University of Oxford Professor of Vaccinology Teresa Lambe:
Antibody neutralisation and T-cell activation are just two of the immune system’s many responses triggered by vaccination.
Vaccines are still protecting against serious disease with previously concerning variations, as evidenced by data from the real world. Getting vaccines in the hands of the public is our strongest defence against the pandemic going forward.
The effect of the potentially dangerous Omicron COVID-19 variant on one of the vaccinated body’s immune responses has been studied by researchers at Oxford University. We hope that after reading this news you would be at ease a little bit. Take care of yourself guys.