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Fauci: Omicron variant seems more transmissible

United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the newly detected Omicron variant of COVID-19 "appears" to be more transmissible than earlier strains of the virus.

"It has the molecular characteristics that would strongly suggest that it would be more transmissible," Fauci told ABC and added Omicron has a "disturbingly large" number of mutations in the spike protein.

The White House adviser also cautioned that the new strain could evade "even antibodies that are induced by a vaccine." He stressed Omicron is yet to be registered in the US but noted the country must be ready for it and urged more people to get vaccines and boosters.

Baha Breaking the News (BBN) / NP