Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Moderna (NSDQ:MRNA) are planning to research their vaccines’ effectiveness against the highly mutated Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), which is behind a surge in infections in Johannesburg, South Africa. If needed, they plan to create new versions of their vaccines.
The Omicron variant has more than 30 changes to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
“I don’t think the result would be the vaccines don’t protect,” Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla told CNBC. It is possible, however, that the vaccines could offer less protection against Omicron than other variants such as Delta.
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