Gov’t COVID adviser says Omicron wave could well mark end of pandemic

Eran Segal. (courtesy)
Eran Segal. (courtesy)

Prof. Eran Segal, a computational biologist from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a leading government COVID adviser, tells Channel 12 that the Omicron variant could mark the end of the pandemic.

He is asked, “Will Omicron kill coronavirus?”

He says: “That’s truly the big question that we all want the answer to. It can be assessed that yes, and the hope is that yes [it will].”

“But we’ve learned over and over, in the past two years, that this virus can mislead and surprise. There may be additional variants. But the more time passes, the better our tools to fight it. We have medicines now. We have the vaccines. There’ll be natural immunity of perhaps over half the populace in Israel and other countries. All those things — one can hope — will help to end the coronavirus, at least as the pandemic we have come to know in the past two years,” Segal says.

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