Obeidat: Omicron appeared in countries least fortunate in receiving vaccines


Published: 2021-11-30 13:06

Last Updated: 2022-01-16 01:04

Member of the Senate, Dr. Hayel Obeidat
Member of the Senate, Dr. Hayel Obeidat

Member of the Senate, Dr. Hayel Obeidat, said that the variant Omicron appeared in countries that were the least fortunate when it comes to the number of those vaccinated, and this "leads us to talk about the fairness of vaccine distribution."

In an interview with Roya’s Nabd Albalad on Monday, he said that the vaccines do not protect people from being infected with the virus, but rather reduce the severity of the symptoms if they do catch the virus, and thus the health system will better tolerate and handle the pandemic.

Obeidat pointed out that more than 35 percent of Jordan’s population are vaccinated, stressing the need to vaccinate more people.

Meanwhile, the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Middle East University, Dr. Ammar Maaytah, said that studies have proven that vaccines are effective and safe for children above the age of four.

He added that “the increasing cases that we are witnessing now are affecting the unvaccinated,” stressing the importance of the vaccine in reducing hospitals’ occupancy rates and deaths.

Maaytah stressed the need for the vaccination rate to reach 70 percent, to get rid of the coronavirus and reach herd immunity.

He added that the information about the Omicron strain does not indicate that it is more dangerous than any other strain, noting that what raised the world's concern about the new axis is the number of genetic mutations that occurred.