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Nigerian research scientist says Omicron variant in Africa exciting news, blessing in disguise

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A Nigerian research scientist has said that African innate immunities may have weakened the efficacy of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Dr Jonathan Obaje, a Nigerian Research Scientist based in Singapore, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that based on preliminary clinical data coming from South Africa on the “Omicron” variant of the COVID-19 virus, African innate immunities may have already weakened COVID-19 virus significantly.

EditPro | Lagos Metropolitan newspaper Dr. Jonathan Obaje,
Singaporean-based Nigerian Research Scientist.

Obaje quoting various media reports across South Africa said hospitals across the country had reported that symptoms of “Omicron”, the new COVID strain, are very mild and no record of death associated with it so far.

The scientist said, “Around 90 per cent of all new infections in the Johannesburg region are now caused by Omicron. And so far, the COVID death rate and even hospital admissions appear not to be increasing significantly. Some medical and scientific researchers worldwide are currently talking about this and are cautiously optimistic that if Omicron turns out to be less lethal, but more contagious and dominant than the Delta variant, the new mutation may actually be a blessing in disguise.”

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“This is exciting news; African innate immunity may have weakened COVID-19 virus. The world should be grateful to the African gene for ending COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

He continued, “The fact that Africa has had the least COVID-19 vaccinations, yet recorded lowest fatalities, with many COVID-19 infections but high recovery records, points science to take a closer look at the African phenomenon.”

He noted that since 2019, Africans innate immunity may have dealt with the COVID-19 virus silently, with 32 mutations of the spike proteins, without the watchful eyes of the world.

Obaje, however, said that the weakened variant of the COVID-19 virus coming out of Africa could mean the end of the pandemic, saying such could be the best Christmas gift ever from Africa to the world, which has left Africa largely unvaccinated.

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