(Two Sessions Express) Is the winter of 2021 the last cold winter accompanied by the new crown?

Gao Fu: It is too early to draw conclusions

  China News Agency, Beijing, March 6th (Reporter Li Shuangnan, Wang Shibo, Wen Mengxin, Wang Chao) Recently, Gao Fu, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was interviewed by a reporter from China News Agency. The last cold winter with the new crown”, he said, it may be too early to draw conclusions.

  "This conclusion may be mainly based on seeing the newly emerged Omicron has increased transmission and decreased pathogenicity, which is an ideal situation. However, the real data does not tell us that it has weakened to be lower than influenza. degree." Gao Fu said that the virus itself is adapting to humans and changing.

"Of course, different experts can hold different opinions. I personally think that predicting whether human society will accept the new crown virus after this winter has not yet reached this stage."

  As of February, 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps have reported a total of 3,124.118 million doses of the new coronavirus vaccine, with an overall vaccination rate of 87.6%.

In response to the question of "there are still sporadic outbreaks, and whether the immune barrier can still be established", Gao Fu said that the ideal state at first is that the immune barrier is established after the vaccine is administered.

But now it seems that due to the characteristics of the virus itself, the original design goal has not been achieved.

  However, Gao Fu pointed out that the herd immunity established through vaccination can prevent severe illness and prevent death.

"So now I still call on everyone to fight the vaccine, especially the elderly and susceptible people with underlying diseases." Gao Fu believes that the new crown vaccine can prevent severe illness and death for individuals.

For groups, herd immunity can still be established, and even if there is transmission, the transmission rate will decrease.

  Gao Fu emphasized that the future vaccination strategy of the new crown vaccine will be comprehensively researched and judged according to the characteristics of the new crown virus, the epidemic of the disease, and the characteristics of the vaccine.

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