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BioNTech (Pfizer) Says They Are Working On Omicron-Specific Vaccine

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BioNTech (Pfizer) Says They Are Working On Omicron-Specific Vaccine

BioNTech SE confirmed on Monday that it has begun working on a vaccine tailored to Omicron, the worrying new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, though it was not yet clear if it would have to rework its established COVID-19 shot.

Rival Moderna has said it was also working on a redesign of its COVID-19 vaccine for future booster shots.

The development of an adapted vaccine is part of their standard procedure for new variants, BioNTech, which makes vaccines together with Pfizer, said in a statement.

“The first steps of developing a potential new vaccine overlap with the research necessary in order to evaluate whether a new shot will be needed,” it added.

The Omicron variant carries a very high global risk of surges, the WHO warned on Monday as more countries reported cases, prompting border closures.

BioNTech said on Friday that it expects more lab data over the next two weeks to help determine if there is a need for an Omicron-specific vaccine.

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