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NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins: ‘Certainly possible that this is not the last emerging variant'

Added 12-05-21 05:18:02pm EST - “Omicron is likely not the last COVID-19 variant that will cause a "lot of concern," the director of the National Institutes of Health warned on Sunday.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins: ‘Certainly possible that this is not the last emerging variant’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Omicron is likely not the last COVID-19 variant that will cause a “lot of concern,” the director of the National Institutes of Health warned on Sunday.

Dr. Francis Collins said that the virus likely will continue to mutate from the original coronavirus that emerged out of Wuhan, China.

“It’s certainly possible that this is not the last emerging variant that will attract a lot of attention and a lot of concern,” Collins told anchor Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

Collins speculated that Omicron developed in an immunocompromised person who was infected with another variation of the virus.

“This one does have the largest number of mutations that we’ve seen so far, Omicron, with about 50 mutations, compared to the original Wuhan virus. And it looks as if they probably arose in an immunocompromised individual, this is a hypothesis but it seems plausible, who wasn’t able to completely fight off the virus,” Collins said.

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