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“The worst scenario would be a new variant appearing that is both more virulent and capable of evading our immune system due to excessive mutation.”
Kinane cautioned this is “not an impossible scenario”, which is why he believes the UK “needs to retain testing and sequencing capacity”.
In regards to Omicron BA.4 and BA.5, there has only been a “handful of studies” on the Covid variants.
“Knowledge about them remains limited,” Kinane admitted, but he is sure that Covid vaccination will still offer good protection against them.