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Moderna CEO Stefan Bansel said in an interview published Tuesday that current vaccines for COVID-19 would be far less effective than the newer Omron version.

“I think it will be a material decline,” he told the Financial Times. “I just don’t know how much because we need to wait for the data.”


he told the newspaper That they don’t believe there is a “world” where effectiveness is the same level it was with the delta version of the vaccines. He said he has spoken to scientists who told him that this version is “not going to be good.” He also said it could take months for pharmaceutical companies to mass-produce vaccines to combat Omicron.

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The Financial Times reported that a recent Stanford study found the ModernJab to be 56.6% effective against infection with the delta version.

President Biden said the version is “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.”

He said he was not considering any widespread US lockdowns and instead urged the wearing of masks and vaccinations, even as a federal judge blocked his administration from enforcing a requirement that 10 Thousands of health care workers in the states to be shot.

The World Health Organization said there are “considerable uncertainties” about the Omicron variant. But it said preliminary evidence raises the possibility that the variant has mutations that could help it evade an immune-system response and increase its ability to spread from person to person.

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Responding to the potential threat, Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged everyone 18 years of age and older to get a booster shot, because “strong immunity can prevent potentially serious disease.” Is.”