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Moderna CEO predicts existing COVID vaccines less effective against Omicron

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The head of drugmaker Moderna said that existing COVID-19 vaccines, in all likeliness, will prove to be less effective against the new Omicron variant causing worldwide concern.

“There is no world, I think, where [the effectiveness] is the same level… we had with Delta,” Stephane Bancel told the Financial Times in an interview published Tuesday.

“I think it’s going to be a material drop,” Bancel cautioned. “I just don’t know how much because we need to wait for the data.

“But all the scientists I’ve talked to… are like ‘this is not going to be good,'” he said.

On Monday, the World Health Organization warned that the new COVID-19 Omicron variant poses a “very high” risk globally.

First reported in South Africa, it has reignited fears of a global wave of........

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