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Following are some notable quotes on the Omicron variant https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/omicron-variant-could-outcompete-delta-south-african-disease-expert-says-2021-11-30
of the coronavirus from the first day of the Dec. 1-3
JOHN MOORE, PROFESSOR OF MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY AT
WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE IN NEW YORK
"It is no coincidence to most of us that (the Omicron
coronavirus variant) arose in Sub-Saharan Africa, where you have
a lot of under-diagnosed HIV infections, or people who are
immunocompromised with it.
"That's how the other variants are thought to have arisen -
in immunocompromised people."
KATE BINGHAM, FORMER HEAD OF UK'S VACCINE TASKFORCE
"It's not something you can do overnight, but we will get
data, I've would have thought within a week as to whether or not
the vaccines work or don't.
"Clearly there's a concern because there's a bunch of
mutations that are in a different place and look like they could
be concerning. But at the moment, I would still assume that
these vaccines will have efficacy. The question is do they have
the same level of efficacy"
PASCHAL DONOHOE, PRESIDENT OF THE EUROGROUP OF EURO ZONE
FINANCE MINISTERS AND IRISH FINANCE MINISTER
"It is very early days in terms of the health impact of this
new variant on all of us. I am confident about our ability to
sustain a strong recovery into next year."
"I hope we can avoid those broad health measures again. I am
equally confident that we will be able to allow consumption and
investment to take place alongside them were they to happen."
"There is a radical imperative in how we deal with the
impact of a pandemic on an interdependent world, which is that
none of us are safe until all of us are safe."
"The scientists in South Africa created a great public good
in detecting what was happening in their country and in sharing
it in the way they did and it underlines to me how important it
is for us to fulfill our obligations to other parts of the
world. That's why European Union is the largest exporter of
UNAIDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WINNIE BYANYIMA
People with HIV are at higher risk of severe illness if they
become infected with coronavirus, so "for developing countries
with a high burden of HIV, (access to COVID-19 vaccines) is
"We do expect that in the coming years, we might see more
deaths, we might see more new (HIV/AIDS) infections as a result
of these disruptions."
Vaccine nationalism has been "among the saddest part of
where we are."
NANDAN NILEKANI, INDIAN TECHNOCRAT, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF
SOFTWARE SERVICES EXPORTER INFOSYS
"We don't know what this variant is, we don't know how
infectious it is, we don't know how lethal it is. We'll have to
wait and see. But I think companies generally are thinking of a
world where COVID will be endemic, there will always be some
COVID. Zero count COVID is unlikely ... and hopefully once we
finish vaccination there'll be less variants but there'll be new
"So we have to start gearing up for creating a preventive
environment where people can come to work, work safely, constant
testing, vaccination, booster shots and - if an incident happens
- very quick isolation. So we just have to get around this and
get on with it because it appears this is a fact of life."
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(Compiled by Kate Holton, Padraic Halpin, Catherine Evans and
Editing by Matthew Lewis)