Scientists working to understand and adapt response to spread of Omicron variant | The World

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The Omicron variant has been identified in close to 50 countries, and the WHO is expecting that number to grow – and as it spreads, scientists are intensely working to find out exactly how severe it is.

Dr Alexander Edwards is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at the University of Reading – he says while it’s technically easy to redesign the vaccine, changing the testing, approvals, and manufacturing process could delay its release.

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