Even amid a surge of covid cases due to the omicron variant, vaccines are doing what they intended to do in preventing deaths and severe illness, said Dr. Payal Patel, an infectious disease physician at the University of Michigan, in a Jan. 13 conversation with the PBS NewsHour’s Nicole Ellis. Looking forward, Patel says as the rest of the world gets vaccinated, “we will start to build up an immunity and the virus will become less strong." And if the protection includes another round of boosters, that is just one other step to lessen the strength of the virus, Patel said.
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