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“Omicron, stronger than Delta, may not be able to hear the vaccine”

The new mutation of Corona, the omicron mutation, officially announced by the South African government, is shaking the world. There are also concerns that Omicron has a stronger transmission power than the delta mutation, and in particular, existing vaccines may not work. It will take 2-3 weeks to confirm this.

Correspondent Yunsu Kim from Washington.

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Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the top authority on COVID-19 in the United States, said that Omicron will also exist in the United States.

As it has already spread in many countries, there will be unconfirmed infections.

Fauci was particularly concerned that the mutation might evade the immunity provided by existing vaccines.

[파우치/미 국립알레르기·전염병 연구소장 : 오미크론 변이를 분석해 보면 감염력이 강하고, 백신을 맞은 사람이 가지고 있는 면역을 회피할 수도 있는 걸로 보입니다.]

Still, a booster vaccination was strongly recommended.

As basic immunity is expanded by receiving booster vaccinations, it is the best way to respond to new mutations at this time.

Some experts expected that the existing vaccine would also have some effect on Omicron as the vaccine made based on the first COVID-19 virus had a significant effect on the delta mutation.

However, I thought it would take 2-3 weeks to check this.

[콜린스/미 국립보건원장 : 남아공 인구의 37% 정도가 백신을 맞았는데, 이 사람들이 백신을 맞지 않은 사람들에 비해 얼마나 예방 효과가 있었는지 확인하는데 2~3주 정도 걸릴 겁니다.]

In the United States, the number of new infections per day exceeds 80,000 for nearly two weeks, raising concerns about a fifth pandemic.

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