Several media outlets reported on the detection of the Omicron variant by UB scientists. The Buffalo News
were among outlets reporting on this story, as well as WBEN
, which quoted Jennifer Surtees
, associate professor of biochemistry
, co-director of UB’s Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment and Microbiome, and head of the COVID-19 sequencing team at UB. Surtees said, “People who are 6 months past the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two months after one dose of the J&J vaccine, are poorly protected against Omicron. The good news is that third dose, a booster, brings that protection way up again.” Thomas Russo
, chief of infectious diseases
in the Department of Medicine
, told WKBW that, "Given how infectious Omicron is, given that immunity from prior infection and vaccination has been waning, the risk of getting infected is greater than ever."