Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Putin: Omicron may be a live covid vaccine/The Telegraph

 Vladimir Putin has compared omicron to a “live vaccine”, downplaying the potential risks posed by the variant which has now lapped the globe.

On Tuesday the Russian President suggested fears about omicron, a highly mutated coronavirus strain which is designated a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, may turn out to be “premature”.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Mr Putin said. “They say it’s not that virulent. Some specialists even call it a live vaccine.”

Live vaccines include an attenuated, or weakened, form of the virus that causes a particular disease to trigger an immune response that will generate protective antibodies, but is not strong enough to make an individual sick. The measles mumps and rubella (MMR) and yellow fever vaccines both include attenuated virus, for instance.

There has been some early evidence from South Africa suggesting that omicron may trigger milder disease than previous variants.

A study of 166 patients in hospitals in the Tshwane district of Gauteng province - the epicentre of the omicron outbreak - shows that patients are predominantly younger than those hospitalised in the first and second waves of the pandemic, and they are less likely to need oxygen...


Anonymous said...

It's scary when Vladimir Putin makes more sense than all the leaders of the West.

Pogo said...

Seeing those figures of deaths per million reminds me. If we were still using the original WHO definition of ‘pandemic’ then last year’s figures would have been considered to have been just a bad flu year which has long since ended. Peter Doshi, who is now a senior editor at The BMJ said back in 2011: ”Some have argued that not only was the definition changed, but that it was done to pave the way for declaring a pandemic.” [1]

Curiosity has had me look up the number of changes to the WHO web page. There sure was a lot of activity between 2005 and 2011. [2]

This is not to belittle this rather nasty bug but now the numbers are in, the mortality ended up higher due to many of the sick dyeing from the treatment protocols and gov policies.

[1] Doshi, Peter. “The elusive definition of pandemic influenza.”Bulletin of the World Health Organization vol. 89,7 (2011): 532-8. doi:10.2471/BLT.11.086173 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3127275/

[2] http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/pandemic/en/index.html