“The variant exists but we have to be careful about doing terrorism because we risk undermining people’s trust. People say ‘we have a new variant that breaks vaccines'”. Professor Matteo Bassetti expresses himself in this way after the news relating to the new Omicron variant of the covid. “We are dealing with a variant that has many mutations that we had already seen in previous variants. In addition, the Spike protein, through which our cells are attacked, has also mutated. From South Africa we have information of ‘mild’ cases. being more aggressive, it will probably be more contagious but we have no certainty that the vaccines are punctured “, says the director of the infectious disease clinic of the San Matteo polyclinic in Genoa speaking to In Onda. “An information short circuit happened: I heard about this variant from the media and not from the scientific community, something happened that shouldn’t happen. The news of the variant reached the public opinion before we doctors knew it,” he adds. “The bow of science to politics is very serious: until yesterday we called the variants following the Greek alphabet, this should have been called Nu”. But there was a risk of confusion with the English word “new”. “The next letter” Chinese President Xi would have recalled and therefore Omicron was opted for in order not to offend China: “Science should not bow to politics”.