Jean-Marc Sabatier, Director of Research at the CNRS and Doctor of Cell Biology and Microbiology, has doubts about mandatory vaccination. Because vaccines have lost their initial effectiveness. And the Omicron variant, although contagious, does not cause serious forms of the disease.
The new variant of SARS-CoV-2, named Omicron, has the world in a panic. What do we really know about this variant?
Current data are still fragmentary. But we will soon know, probably within two weeks, if this new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will supplant the widespread Delta variant.
However, it has been established that this Omicron variant causes only mild or even moderate forms of Covid-19 disease. This is rather reassuring and is in line with the logic of the behavior of viruses: during their mutations, they generally become more and more infectious but they lose their virulence and do not give serious or lethal forms.
Another particularity of the Omicron variant is that the 32 mutations described in the Spike protein give it a certain resistance to current vaccines. This justifies even less the mass vaccination imposed by the health authorities. This is particularly true for children between 5 and 11 years of age, who may be infected by the virus, but only exceptionally develop severe forms of the disease and only in the presence of comorbidities. For them, as for the rest of the population, compulsory vaccination is inappropriate during a pandemic.