(TheConservativeNews.org) – COVID-19 has had the world in fear for over a year now. The virus seems to be constantly mutating and changing. The last variant to make waves was the Delta variant. Now, a new variant has emerged, and it has scientists concerned.
Moderna is one of two companies that created two-dose COVID-19 vaccines. The CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, expressed his concern over the new Omicron variant. While researchers around the globe have done their best to study the new strain, Bancel believes current vaccines will not be as effective against Omicron as they have been against other, previous variants.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently proclaimed Omicron a problem and put scientists in a frenzy to learn how the new COVID strain acts. The part that’s concerning researchers is Omicron’s number of mutations, which are between 26 and 32, numbers that scientists didn’t expect to see for a year or two. WHO asserted that they know very little about the new strain and that researchers need time to study it.
The Moderna CEO noted that if a new vaccine is required to defend against Omicron, it would take months to develop. Bancel also mentioned the risks of Moderna focusing solely on an Omicron vaccine while other strains are still prevalent around the world. The CEO asserted that it was impossible for Moderna to crank out billions of doses by next week but assured the public that they could produce 2 to 3 billion by summer 2022.
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