Omicron Sub-variant BA.2 Is Likely To Have Same Severity As “Original” Says WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday (February 1st) said that the BA.2 form of the Omicron variant would seem to have the same severity as the original BA.1.

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According to Reuters, Dr. Boris Pavlin of the WHO’s COVID-19 Response Team tld an online briefing that vaccines also continue to provide similar protection against the different forms of Omicron.

The comments come as the BA.2 subvariant begins to replace Omicron’s most common “original” BA.1 subvariant in countries such as Denmark. 

Based on data from Denmark, the first country where BA.2 overtook BA.1, there appears to be no difference in disease severity, although BA.2 has the potential to replace BA. 1 globally. 

“Looking at other countries where BA. 2 is now overtaking, we’re not seeing any higher bumps in hospitalization than expected,” he said.

BA.2 is more transmissible than the more common BA.1 and more able to infect vaccinated people, according to a Danish study which analyzed COVID-19 infections in more than 8,500 households between December and January.

The subvariant is already becoming dominant in the Philippines, Nepal, Qatar, India and Denmark.

He added: “Vaccination is profoundly protective against severe disease, including for Omicron. BA.2 is rapidly replacing BA. 1. It’s impact is unlikely to be substantial, although more data is needed.” 

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove elaborates on Omicron sub-variant of concern, BA.2, and the impact on the COVID-19 pandemic situation ⬇️

Posted by World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat