Expert warns of recombination of Omicron and MERS
A medical expert is warning the public about the potential recombination of Omicron and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Jiang Shibo, a professor at the School of Basic Medical Sciences of Fudan University, pointed out the potential recombination of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant and MERS-CoV because such a recombinant β-CoV clade may bear high SARS-CoV-2-like transmissability and a high MERS-CoV-like case-fatality rate, which would have catastrophic repercussions.
"Several cases of SARS-CoV-2 and MERS-CoV co-infection were reported in the Middle East, suggesting the possibility of recombination between these two β-coronaviruses," Jiang said in a "First Talk" Youth Forum recently held at the Shanghai Science Hall.
He therefore called for the prompt development of a broad-spectrum coronavirus vaccine.