The Dow dropped 900 points on news that a new Covid mutation could bypass current vaccine protection AND be more transmittable than Delta.
The only way this could be more dangerous is if mortality rates also spike.
Such a mutation if proven within the two week frantic testing regime would risk all we’ve gained.
Politically this becomes devastating, in NZ we were just coming to grips with setting a roof on Delta, facing Omicron which could make current vaccinations weaker AND be more transmittable would demand level 4 lockdown.
The ‘good’ news is that a vaccine that inoculates against Omicron would be 90 days from creation to arm.
So. If Nu can bypass current vaccination protections AND spread more than Delta we are in for an inevitable lockdown and certainly tighter MIQ until a vaccine is available for this new mutation.
Omicron might be coming, are we ready?
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