Preprint: Omicron incompletely escapes immunity induced by the Pfizer vaccine

Laboratory research from South Africa strongly suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant escapes antibody immunity induced by the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine, but that considerable immunity is retained in people who were both vaccinated and previously infected.    More...

Norway: “situation is more worrying now than in previous pandemic waves”

“The threat from Omicron is enormous”. NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg says the Omicron variant of the coronavirus can cause a lot of infection and disease, “perhaps more than before in the pandemic”.    More...

Norway: “The number of corona inpatients who need intensive care is higher than before, and it seems to be increasing”

“The death toll has increased week by week now… we are falling behind in the fight against infection,” said the chief physician at the University Hospital of Northern Norway, Mats Gilbert. “The number of corona inpatients who need intensive care is higher than before, and it seems to be increasing”.    More...

FFP2 masks more effective at preventing Covid infection than vaccines

Max Planck: “When both wear a surgical mask, while the infectious is speaking, the very conservative upper bound remains below 30% after 1 h, but, when both wear a well-fitting FFP2 mask, it is 0.4%”    More...

Norway: Omicron infections rise to 120 130 in “unstoppable” Christmas superspreader event

Up to 120 people have so far been confirmed infected with corona after the Louise Restaurant, Oslo, Christmas table. The health authorities take no chances and consider all those infected to be unchromically infected until the sequencing results should prove otherwise.    More...

Norway: 42 infected in SECOND Christmas dinner superspreader event – Omicron suspected

42 people have so far been diagnosed with Covid following a Christmas dinner at Maarud on Saturday 27th November. It includes company employees, hosts, entertainment actors and a few household members for people who attended the Christmas table.    More...