Singapore: Because the Omicron variant has been detected in a number of international locations, Singapore’s Ministry of Well being stated that there is no such thing as a proof but to counsel if the Omicron variant is extra extreme than different variants.
Singapore has preliminarily detected two imported Covid-19 instances with the Omicron variant.
“There’s at the moment no proof to counsel that signs related to the Omicron variant are completely different or extra extreme than these of different variants, or that present vaccines and therapeutics could be ineffective in opposition to Omicron,” the ministry stated.
“We have now additionally been intently monitoring research on the sensitivity of Antigen Speedy Checks (ARTs) to the Omicron variant,” it added.
The ministry talked about that preliminary validation by the producers exhibits that ARTs stay efficient in detecting Covid-19 instances of the Omicron variant, and laboratories are doing additional biochemical checks to substantiate these outcomes.
These preliminary outcomes give confidence that ARTs stay efficient as a technique of detecting Covid-19, together with Omicron instances.
The brand new Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24.
Lately, a Singapore-based infectious illness physician Leong Hoe Nam of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital warned that the brand new variant Omicron will possible “overwhelm the entire world” within the coming months.
In accordance with the Nationwide Affiliation for Producers, vaccines in opposition to the pressure could be developed shortly, however they must be examined over three to 6 months to show that they’ll present immunity in opposition to the variant.