Omicron Vaccines Deing Developed, Sub-Varriant Emerges

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The Facts

  • Pfizer and BioNTech will run three simultaneous trials in adults ages 18-55 to determine if an Omicron-specific vaccine is more effective than current shots.

  • Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said an Omicron vaccine will be ready in March, and the company is already manufacturing doses.


The Spin

Narrative A

Omicron is leading to a global surge in breakout cases. Omicron-specific vaccines are prudent and could help with future variants.

Narrative B

Vaccines and boosters are great, but Omicron is mild and spreading too quickly to be stopped. We should aim for natural herd immunity and vaccinate only the vulnerable. Resistance is futile.

Nerd narrative

There's an 80% chance that the US, UK, or EU will authorize an Omicron-specific booster before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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