Biden official warns: COVID explosion imminent

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Assessment: “Everything points to a large wave. A large wave is coming,” a senior Biden administration official told Axios …

New data from South Africa and Europe hint that Omicron cases are poised to explode in the U.S., where the vast majority of the population isn’t well protected against infection.

Driving the news: A new analysis by South Africa’s largest private insurer paints a picture of Omicron’s clinical risk: Two doses of Pfizer’s vaccine appear to be significantly less effective against severe disease with Omicron than previous variants.

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:4

What they’re saying: “Everything points to a large wave. A large wave is coming,” a senior Biden administration official told Axios.

  • But the variant is less likely to lead to hospitalization in adults than the original version.
  • “It will be fast. It won’t be as severe, but regrettably, there will be plenty of hospitalizations,” the official added.

By the numbers: The South African analysis, by Discovery Health, found that the risk of hospital admission among adults diagnosed with the Omicron variant is 29% lower than it was during South Africa’s first wave of infections in 2020. The researchers adjusted their calculations by vaccination status.

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