The mRNA vaccines have prevented over 2 million people from dying and over 17 million from hospitalization. However, the vaccines have failed to provide long-term protective immunity to prevent breakthrough infections.
Author: Prakash Nagarkatti and Mitzi Nagarkatti, The Conversation
The Omicron variant may confer strong protection against other variants. This has many people wondering whether omicron could act as a vaccine of sorts, inoculating enough people to effectively bring about herd immunity.