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Bloomberg reporting some good and some bad news about the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Reporting comments from South African epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim on a webcast for the Caprisa charity, the scientist states that the new variant is expected to have enhanced transimissibility compared to other varians.

  • Karim also expects the variant to add to already-existing pressures on hospitals in the country.
  • However, he does say that he sees vaccines as continuing to protect individuals from severe symptoms of the Omicron variant.
Slide from Karim's presentation shown below:

Source: Caprisa, Salim Abdool Karim