“In the case of the delta, we have two mutational events at a site that is recognized by neutralizing antibodies.

And the omicron has ten of them, ”she said.

According to Baranova, "this affects the avoidance of antibodies."

“You see, if there are ten places in this 'balabashka' that cannot be attached to (antibodies - RT), then this means that there are already very few places left to attach to,” she said.

At the same time, she said that, on average, the population's immunity would still not drop to zero.

“And therefore, from this point of view, it is better to get vaccinated anyway,” she said.

Earlier, the laboratories of Rospotrebnadzor switched to an enhanced mode of operation due to the omicron strain.

On November 25, it became known that scientists have identified a new strain of coronavirus in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong.

Later it was designated by the Greek letter "omicron".