While the severity of the omicron is still unknown, the CEO of Moderna predicted that existing COVID-19 vaccines would be less effective at fighting the omicron variant than other variants of the virus. While country leaders are taking precautions and exploring this option, it may take months for vaccine developers to create doses specifically targeted to the omicron.
New reports indicate that the mutated virus was already in Europe about a week before South African health officials reported their first case of omicron. Brazil and Japan reported their first cases this week, highlighting the difficulty of containing this option in an era of easy travel.
Greek officials have passed a measure requiring people over 60 to be fully vaccinated or to incur a monthly fine of € 100, the equivalent of $ 114. The measure takes effect early next year and was taken in an attempt to stem the country’s current spike in cases and concerns over the omicron.
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