Covid: Omicron, the variant that changes everything?

Posted on Dec. 2021 at 5:00 PM

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A few weeks before Christmas, he made his appearance and begins to thwart more and more projects. The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 brought down the stock markets around the world on the day its discovery was announced and continues to shake them up. But it is of course in the field of health that he worries the most.

While the Delta variant continues to bring patients to the hospital, especially the unvaccinated, the one that promises to be an even more virulent successor sounds the mobilization for an already exhausted medical world. The likelihood of Omicron spreading globally is high, warns the WHO. It is now reported in particular in Europe, Argentina and at least 15 states in the United States.

Restrictions and vaccine

Borders are closing, restrictions reappear and the idea of ​​compulsory vaccination is gaining ground. In France, the pace accelerated for the third dose, even if the question of its performance against this new unknown arises. Vaccine manufacturers are on the bridge to answer them. Appeared in South Africa, it reminds us of the need to worry about vaccination on this vast poor continent, where it only reaches 10%.

The Story is a podcast of “Echoes” presented by Pierrick Fay. This episode was recorded in December 2021. Editor-in-chief: Clémence Lemaistre. Guest: Catherine Ducruet (journalist specializing in the pharmaceutical sector at Les Echos). Director: Willy Ganne. Music: Théo Boulenger. Graphic identity: Upian. Photo: Reuters / Siphiwe Sibeko. Sounds: Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, “The Office”, France 2, BFM TV.

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