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NIH Director Says Omicron Unlikely the Last Variant of COVID-19

By Isaac Teo

The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that Omicron is likely not the last variant that will emerge from the original coronavirus.

“It’s certainly possible that this is not the last emerging variant that will attract a lot of attention and a lot of concern,” Dr. Francis Collins said in an interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday, when asked if people should be expecting a “new dominant variant” every six months.

“This one does have the largest number of mutations that we’ve seen so far—Omicron with about 50 mutations compared to the original Wuhan virus.”

The NIH director shared a hypothesis that the Omicron variant may have developed from an immunocompromised person who wasn’t able to “completely fight off the virus.”…


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