Moscow: Sputnik demonstrates very high efficacy against Omicron variant and appears to be more effective than other vaccines against the new strain, said Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
“It appears that Sputnik V is very effective. Perhaps it is more effective than other vaccines used in the world,” Putin said at a session of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers, TASS News Agency reported.
The Russian president added that in any way the vaccine’s ability to neutralize the virus is obvious. On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated B.1.1.529 as a “Variant of Concern” and assigned it the Greek letter Omicron. It also said that the new variant has “a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning.”
Cases of infections with the new strain of the novel coronavirus have been already registered in more than 100 countries. As of today, Russia reported 698 Omicron cases across the country.
The World Health Organisation in a statement has issued a clarion call to vaccine developers and manufacturers all across the globe, underlining that booster shots of the original Covid-19 vaccine are “not a viable strategy against emerging variants”.
“A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable,” the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Covid-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-Co-VAC) said in a statement.
WHO added that new COVID-19 vaccine composition needs to be developed that will help in the prevention of Coronavirus disease and curb the spread of infection led by various variants.