US President Joe Biden’s medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, believes no new vaccine is needed against the Omikron variant of the coronavirus. He spoke about it on Thursday in an online speech addressed to the authorities of the Roman University of La Sapienza, which awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Fauci was of the opinion that booster doses of currently available vaccines provide good protection against Omicrons. He added that they reduce the risk of hospitalization due to Covid-19 by 80 percent. “We urgently need universal vaccines against the coronavirus,” he stressed.
In his opinion, there will certainly be new variants of the coronavirus in the future. “It is highly unlikely, if not downright impossible, that we could eradicate Covid-19,” he said. “We must try to keep it under control at such a low level that it does not block society like the flu and other respiratory diseases now,” said an adviser to successive US presidents, whose family comes from Italy.
“We are probably going in this direction, but today in the United States with a million (new) cases (infections) per day and 145,000 people in hospitals, we haven’t got to it yet,” he noted.
During the remote lectio magistralis, Dr. Fauci estimated that Italy fared better than the US when it came to vaccination. “I want to congratulate Italy,” he added. He also spoke about the need to unite forces at the global level in the fight against the pandemic. “We’ll be back to normal life eventually, hopefully sooner than later,” stressed Anthony Fauci.
The wave of infections associated with the Omikron will cause an even greater increase in cases in children than in previous waves – said on Thursday the head of the Department and Clinic of Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases of the University Hospital in Wrocław, Prof. Leszek Szenborn. The doctor called for vaccinations of the children.
Head of the Department and Clinic of Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases of the University Teaching Hospital in Wrocław prof. Leszek Szenborn, at a press conference in the Lower Silesian Voivodship Office, emphasized that the wave of infections associated with the Delta variant caused twice as many cases in children than observed in the previous waves. The professor added that the wave associated with the Omikron variant would cause an even greater increase in infections in children. “This knowledge is based on the experiences of countries such as the USA, Canada, France and Great Britain. It will happen to us in the coming weeks ”- said prof. Szenborn.
The doctor called on parents of chronically ill children to take the vaccine. “This is a fundamental issue. These children most often get infected from adults, ”he said. The scientist also called for vaccinating pregnant women. “Many pregnant women who end up in the hospital will become infected with Omikron. They may not be seriously ill with COVID-19 themselves, but they can put their children at risk. Women at any stage of pregnancy can be vaccinated against COVID-19; these vaccinations are recommended by the Polish Society of Gynecologists; vaccinations are safe and provide protection not only to the mother, but also equip the newborn with antibodies, ”said the professor.
Prof. Szenborn, speaking about vaccinating children, emphasized that vaccines also protect against PISM, i.e. a multi-system inflammatory syndrome, which is a serious complication of COVID-19 in children.
Within two weeks, the frequency of infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the omicron variant in Wielkopolska increased tenfold – assessed the Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences on the basis of an analysis of infection cases conducted at the Innovative Medical Center IGC PAN in Poznań.
At the end of December last year, nearly 100 positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were tested and analyzed by RT-PCR in samples collected from 23 to 25 December. Six cases of infection with the omicron variant were then detected – informed the head of the Center, Prof. Andrzej Pławski.
In the study from January 10, 111 consecutive positive samples with diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 virus infection were tested and 70 cases of omicron infection were found in this group.
“According to our assessment, the frequency of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the omicron variant in Wielkopolska was about 63 percent on January 10, which means a 10-fold increase in the last two weeks” – emphasized Prof. Pławski.
The Institute of Human Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences opened the COVID-19 laboratory in April 2020. In June 2021, the laboratory became part of the Innovative Medical Center.
So far, the laboratory has tested over 85 thousand. patients. Performs RT-PCR tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus and antigen tests. It has the rights of a medical entity and is entered on the list of COVID-19 laboratories of the Ministry of Health.
The RT-PCR test for COVID-19 was developed in the laboratory and the first in Poland differentiating test between COVID-19 and influenza was introduced into diagnostics. In addition to the diagnostic tests performed, the laboratory analyzes the structure and variability of the SARS-CoV-2 genomes, and the results are entered into global databases.
In September, the Innovative Medical Center introduced the first test in Poland to assess the cellular immune response against SARS-CoV-2 and the quantification of IgG antibodies in the blood. A genomic sequencing laboratory was also launched.
The gene responsible for the predisposition to heavy COVID-19 disease has been identified. The consequence of this discovery will be the creation of a genetic test that quickly identifies whether the patient is at a higher risk – said health minister Adam Niedzielski on Thursday in Białystok.
“Today we have a special moment, a special day – a day important for all Polish science, but above all a day very important for the medical care system, for the health of Poles. We managed to identify (…) a very important element of risk when it comes to getting sick covid, this is an element of risk related to the genetic structure “- said Niedzielski at a conference at the Medical University of Bialystok.
He added that thanks to more than a year and a half of work by Polish scientists, it was possible to identify the factor “classified as the fourth in the hierarchy in terms of the severity of covid transition”. “This factor is a specific gene,” said the head of the Ministry of Health. As he said, it was possible to identify the gene responsible for the predisposition to the heavy COVID-19 transition.
“And this is not the end, because this discovery means that we will be able to use this knowledge to identify people who have a predisposition to go through hard covid,” he added.
“The consequence of the discovery of this gene will be the creation of an appropriate genetic test that will – like PCR – quickly identify whether a patient has this gene and whether it is at a higher risk” – said Niedzielski.
Press conference of the Ministry of Health:
Number of infected: 67
Number of infected per 10 thousand inhabitants: 5.08
Number of deaths: 3:
– comorbidities with COVID-19: 2
– solely due to COVID: 1
Number of people in quarantine 635
Number of tests performed: 251
Number of positive tests: 81
Number of new infections: 2,507
Number of deaths: 51:
– comorbidities with COVID-19: 33
– only because of COVID: 18
Number of people in quarantine: 23,360
Number of tests performed: 9,829
– including with a positive result: 2,871
We have 16,173 new and confirmed cases of infection from voivodships:
Masovian Voivodeship (2812),
Lesser Poland (2174),
Lower Silesia (1334),
Greater Poland (1270),
Podkarpackie Province (919),
Łódź Province (758),
West Pomeranian Voivodeship (616),
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (612),
Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship (462),
Lubuskie Voivodeship (293),
122 infections are data without specifying an address, which will be supplemented by the sanitary inspection.
181 people died due to COVID-19, 503 people died due to the coexistence of COVID-19 with other diseases.
Number of people infected with coronavirus 4,248,559 / 100,938 (all positive cases / including deaths) Due to ongoing corrections by laboratories in the EWP system, the global number of infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic may not be the sum of consecutive daily infections or deaths .