South Africa

SA urged to maintain enhanced COVID immune protection to avoid future waves

Infectious disease specialist Dr Richard Lessels said there was still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the trajectory of the pandemic.

FILE: A woman receives a dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from a medical professional at Zwartkops Raceway in Centurion on August 13, 2021. Photo: Phill Magakoe/AFP

CAPE TOWN – Scientists have stressed the importance of keeping the population’s immune protection level ahead of future waves of COVID-19.

Last Saturday marked two years since the country’s first coronavirus case was detected here.

South Africa’s Genomic Surveillance Network, a collaboration between laboratories, scientists and academic institutions, is responsible for ensuring the country stays on top of tracking coronavirus variants.

The impact of a fifth wave of COVID-19 largely depends on the nature of any future variants and the protection of the population.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Richard Lessels said there was still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the trajectory of the pandemic.

“In the future, we’re going to see a resurgence of infections, we’ll probably see a new variant of some form, and we’ll see another wave of infections,” he said.

Lessels said a key question was whether the level of population immunity stayed level.

He pointed out that although the Omicron variant is unlikely to cause severe disease, the same cannot be said for other variants.



SA urged to maintain enhanced COVID immune protection to avoid future waves

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