Variants of the strain of coronavirus infection “omicron” BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 (“Cerberus”) can replace the variants BA.4 and BA.5 of the omicron strain, which currently dominate in Russia. On Sunday, November 6, said virologist, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Alexander Lukashev.
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The scientist emphasized that such a scenario is very likely. However, if implemented, “this process will not be as efficient, not as lightning fast” as the replacement of the “delta” strain with the “omicron” variety in February 2022, quotes TASS specialist.
Lukashev also said that the replacement “with a high probability” will occur within a few months, but this is “not a matter of weeks.”
Earlier, the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology said that even if a new version of the Cerberus coronavirus infection spreads in Russia, no significant rise in incidence is expected. As the expert explained, “Cerberus” is an offshoot of omicron, and the majority of the population in Russia has been ill with this strain and many have already been vaccinated more than once. As a result, almost all Russians have immunity to the coronavirus, at least partial.