Moderna CEO Admits Vaccine Is Less Effective Against Omicron Variant

Moderna CEO Admits Vaccine Is Less Effective Against Omicron Variant

The Covid-19 vaccine development company Moderna estimates that its product will not be very effective in overcoming infections with the Omicron variant of the corona virus.

Ummatimes - Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the effectiveness of Moderna's vaccine was predicted to be lower against the omicron variant than the delta variant.

According to Bancel, the working resistance of the vaccine could lead to more severe illness and hospitalization of Covid-19 patients.

"I think, where (effectiveness) is at the same level we have with Delta. But, I think it will be a decrease in workability. I don't know how much because we need to wait for the data. But all the scientists I spoke to said like 'this is not going to be okay'," Bancel said, quoted by Channel News Asia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also stated that the omicron variant has the potential to cause a very high spike in infections globally.

Fear of the new variant, which was first discovered in South Africa, has forced countries around the world to move quickly to tighten border controls to prevent a strict lockdown like last year's massive economic downturn.

The omicron variant was first reported globally on November 24. Since then, the variant has spread to dozens of countries.

WHO urges countries to use risk-based prevention to adapt international travel measures. However, the proposed global restrictions have also raised concerns about vaccine inequality due to hampered distribution.

Africa is one of the regions with low Covid-19 vaccination coverage.

"The African people cannot be blamed for the low levels of vaccinations available there. They should not be punished for identifying and sharing important science and health information with the world," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

India, the world's largest vaccine producer, has agreed to send stockpiles of Covid-19 vaccine to many countries in Africa and said it was ready to ship more as soon as possible.