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Omicron variant of COVID-19 reportedly has 30+ mutations in spike protein region, may bypass vaccines: AIIMS Chief

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The new Omicron variant of coronavirus has reportedly got over 30 mutations in the spike protein region giving it the potential to develop a immunoescape mechanism, and thus the efficacy of vaccines against it needs to be evaluated critically, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guelria has said. The presence of spike protein facilitates a virus' entry into the host cell and is responsible for making it transmissible and causing infection.