A new variant of the Covid-19 Virus identified as a “variant of concern (VOC)” by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been dubbed “Omicron”. News of the variant has allowed governments worldwide to justify mass border closings, a push for Covid-19 booster shots and warnings of further lockdowns in the new year. Despite these measures, Omicron has been detected in the UK, Germany, Italy and worldwide. Omicron has also been detected in Sydney, Australia, in fully vaccinated travellers currently held in hotel quarantine.
Omicron was officially identified in South Africa on the 23rd of November and is believed to be responsible for a surge in cases in the region. It is unknown how long the variant has existed. The new variant is accepted to have a large number of new mutations, a number of which may indicate increased transmissibility and possible evasion of the current Covid-19 vaccinations available. Despite border closures, the variant has now been identified worldwide often in fully vaccinated international travellers. In response, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourdain says a booster for the variant could be developed in less than 100 days.
Recently Government agencies such as the CDC have been pushing for the uptake of Covid-19 booster shots in the light of the short-lived immune response to the disappointing vaccination program and some suggestions that boosters may be required every 3-6 months in order for the immunity provided to be maintained. It is now well established that the current vaccinations available neither prevent transmission of the disease nor reduce overall viral load whilst reportedly reducing the likelihood of severe illness from CoV-2 in the fully vaccinated.
Is there more to this latest outbreak? Speculation persists about the new variant with unsubstantiated rumours, claiming that Omicron may be more detrimental to the heart than ever, causing Myocarditis and Pericarditis inflammation of the heart muscle and its outer lining, particularly in young people. There is no current data to support this and the South African Doctor who first alerted the world to the variant Dr. Angelique Coetzee has described the symptoms of Omicron observed so far to be “extremely mild” lasting only a few days in most patients. The WHO have disclosed that the attributes of Omicron are yet to be understood.
The Current Vaccines have been found to be four times as likely to cause hospitalisation due to Myocarditis and Pericarditis in people under 39 years than the Covid-19 virus itself causing concern that the Omicron variation will be used to cover up significant vaccine injury in young vaccinated people and be used to encourage increased uptake of the vaccinations in an environment where citizens are increasingly less trusting of their governments motives evidenced by ongoing worldwide mass protests for freedom.