Fifteen of the 50 US states have registered the omicron strain on their soil. About it stated on the air of ABC channel the head of the medical regulator CDC Rochelle Walenski.
“Indeed, we have the omicron, which is spreading really fast … We know that as of last night, it is already in about 15 states. We know there are several dozen cases and we are following them closely, ”Walenski said.
At the same time, according to her, 99.9% of cases of coronavirus in the United States are the “delta” variant, which is now the main problem.
Earlier cases of omicron disease were identified in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Great Britain and other countries. Due to the spread of the strain, several governments have closed borders.
The Insider talked with molecular biologist Konstantin Severinov about how much the new strain can be more dangerous than the previous ones and whether the existing vaccines can cope with it.