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12/2/2021, 1:59 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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ECDC: Omicron may become dominant variant in EU

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said on Thursday that its modeling showed that the Omicron variant could account for more than half of all new COVID-19 cases in the European Union within the next few months.

The ECDC added that Omicron has many mutations and thus a "high likelihood of reduction of neutralizing activity by antibodies" induced by either previous infection or vaccination. Still, the agency added it is still uncertain to which extent the new variant evades immunity gained with vaccines or infection.

However, it added that the new strain has so far been known to cause only asymptomatic or mild infection and no deaths have been reported among those diagnosed with it.

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