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A professor of immunology and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has said the public should not worry about the possibility of an Omicron version canceling Christmas just yet.

Asked by Sky News whether Christmas will be canceled this year, Paul Moss said: “I don’t think we need to worry too much about it at this stage … some control here.

“Two methods we are adopting to try and control this: one, in behavior change to reduce transmission: travel restrictions; more lateral flow; masking.

“And the other big factor is immunity and we know we can lose some immunity with this virus. So what’s happening is that we’re raising our immunity levels to super-high levels with the plans we introduced yesterday, And it must maintain some protection.

“What we have seen with Covid is that things change very rapidly. And I think we need at least three weeks to assess that.

“We need excellent epidemiology and people within the lab are testing resistance to the virus against vaccination samples. So we’re going to need that kind of time. And we’ll know a lot before Christmas.”

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