Pfizer said it should be able to launch a redesigned COVID-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron version of the virus by March, while Facebook’s parent meta platform is expected to reopen its US office. Delayed planning and mandatory booster shots for those returning to work.
Pfizer (ticker: PFE) chief executive Albert Boerla said on Monday that the pharmaceutical company and its partner BioNTech (BNTX) have already begun manufacturing a version of the vaccine that works with the rapidly spreading Omicron strain as well as the original. Covid will target both. -19 stress.
“Not only will we have the data, but I think if it’s successful and we’ve got the demand we need, we’ll be almost ready to go, file, and launch,” Baurla said at the JPMorgan Healthcare conference. “
Earlier on Monday, the CEO of Moderna (MRNA) said that the pharma company is currently working on an Omicron-specific booster shot, which will be ready by the end of 2022. Chief Executive Stefan Bansel told CNBC That Moderna will begin clinical trials in early 2022 on a booster jab to specifically target the Omicron coronavirus variant, which could be deployed by the autumn if needed.
Meta platform (FB) Facebook, which had earlier planned to open its offices for immunization workers on January 31, said that the date of reopening has been extended till March 28. All workers returning to office will have to show proof of themselves. Booster jabs, said the social media giant.
“Boosters provide enhanced security,” a Meta spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal. “Given the evidence of booster effectiveness, we are expanding our vaccination requirement to include boosters.”
The decision comes at a time when countries around the world are reporting record numbers of COVID cases fueled by the highly permeable Omicron variant. The US reported 307,208 confirmed cases and 330 deaths on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised against travel to Americans, even those who have been fully vaccinated. Canada Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
US President Joe Biden announced on Monday that Americans will soon be able to get a free Kovid test at home. Private health insurance companies will have to cover from Saturday Eight home COVID-19 tests per person per month. “This is part of our overall strategy to increase access to easy-to-use, at-home tests at no cost,” Health and Human Services Secretary Javier Becerra said in a statement.
Elsewhere, China locked down a city of about 5 million residents as the country looks to contain the spread of tensions. Officials in Anyang, in central China’s Henan province, said on Monday that two omicron cases were detected on Sunday, which are believed to be linked to two other cases detected in state news agency Tianjin. Xinhua has Reported.
Hong Kong, which has maintained a strict zero-Covid strategy, announced the closure of kindergartens and primary schools for at least three weeks after infections were reported among students and bus, train and taxi services out of the city. been suspended.
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