Infectious disease specialist Dr Leong Hoe Nam, based in Singapore, has claimed that the Omicron variant can “dominate and overwhelm” the world in just “three to six months”
The Omicron variant will “dominate and overwhelm” the world in the coming months before a specific vaccine could be made to tackle it, an infectious diseases specialist claims.
Dr Leong Hoe Nam, based in Singapore, believes that the new Covid variant will takeover in three to six months and will need vaccines quickly developed to tackle it, reported the Daily Star.
And due to the time taken for vaccines to be made and tested the doctor said it will be impossible to stop it from dominating in this time frame.
Dr Hoe Nam said it is wishful thinking to believe that a vaccine could be developed before this happened.
“Frankly, Omicron will dominate and overwhelm the whole world in three to six months,” he told CNBC.
“We won’t be able to rush out the vaccines in time and by the time the vaccines come, practically everyone will be infected omicron given this highly infectious and transmissibility.”
At the same time, Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel said last Monday it will take months to develop and ship a vaccine that specifically tackles the omicron variant.
More positive was Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla who said shots could be ready in less than 100 days.
In UK government is pushing people to get booster jabs as it looks to tackle the Omicron variant and avoid a lockdown over Christmas.
Boris Johnson said: “We don’t yet know the extent to which this new wave will wash up on our shores but history shows that we cannot afford to be complacent.
“If we want to control the epidemic here in the UK and if we want to avoid new restrictions on our daily lives, we must all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible.”
Ten more cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant were detected in the UK on Thursday, stated the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), bringing the total to 42.
Currently the Delta strain accounts for 99% of Covid infections, according to Reuters, which started becoming more common in the Indian state of Maharashtra in March 2021.