Coronavirus today. Modern CEO: new vaccines needed against Omicron


The global alert continues for Omicron, the variant discovered in South Africa but also the rush to vaccinate as many people as possible with the third dose, even 17-year-olds in America

November 30, 2021

The data of the vaccinated as of November 30, 2021
  • 8:37

    Omicron: Kariko (BionTech), we need data, important to get vaccinated

    It is still early to say how much the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus reduces vaccine protection. What matters is to continue with vaccinations. This is said by BionTech biochemistry Katalin Kariko, a pioneer of mRNA technology with which Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were produced. “We need more data, and we need time,” he said in an interview with Corriere della Sera. “If you have 1 or 2 cases, it is of little use: high numbers are needed. The truth is that for now we don’t know ”. What is certain is that “the virus is constantly evolving. However, this does not mean that a new vaccine is needed for every variant ”, explains the Hungarian researcher. Is Omicron unlikely to pierce the vaccine? “For me, yes”, replies Kariko, who recalls: “The virus does not have the luxury of changing the way it enters the cell. They are quite limited “. And therefore “no”, he is not pessimistic. In La Stampa, biochemistry stresses that “the more people get vaccinated, the less chance the virus has of evolving and mutating”. And the vaccine “maybe protects against intensive care.” Regarding the doses for 5-11 year olds, “I think they’ll need two eventually,” says Kariko.

  • 7:33

    Dietrofront school: quarantine and Dad with only one positive in the classroom

    Less than a month after the entry into force of the new rules of the ministries of Health and Education, things are changing again for the classes dealing with a Covid case. We return with a circular to the previous rules with the quarantine and the Dad that is triggered when there is only one case of positivity in the whole class. The circular has been signed.

  • 7:19

    Modern CEO: new vaccines needed against Omicron

    The plethora of mutations in the Omicron variant probably helps escape the protection of existing vaccines and necessitates the development of new forms of immunization, i.e. new vaccines, says Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel to the Financial Times.
    It will likely take months to develop and deliver these updated vaccines which can then be distributed in large numbers, Bancel says. There is no way for current vaccines to provide the same level of protection against Omicron as they do against Delta. “There is no way that the effectiveness is at the same level that we have had with Delta,” said Bancel: “I think it will be less, I don’t know how much, because we have to wait for the data, but all the scientists I spoke to believe that ‘it will not go well’. Bancel added that the high number of mutations the virus uses makes it likely that the current vaccine needs to be modified. He previously told CNBC that it could take months to start producing a vaccine that works against Omicron.


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