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Morderna co-founder expects vaccine to be “somewhat effective”

Tom Richardson
AFR
 • 
Dec 3, 2021

Moderna co-founder Robert Langer has said he’s confident the company’s vaccine will be effective against the omicron strain of COVID-19, but not as effective as it is against the original variant. “But that doesn’t mean it won’t be effective,” said Mr Langer.

“It just may not have as high an antibody titer and it may have different amounts of immune cells. But I think the jury’s still out on exactly how effective it will be, I certainly expect it will be somewhat effective and then Moderna you know has also been working on other strategies round the clock to effect this as well.”

“They’re doing tests right now looking at neutralisation kinds of studies, so probably results on that, I would imagine, I’m just speculating, a week from Sunday for example.”

Mr Langer also said Moderna could create a new vaccine against omicron “quite quickly”. “They can move very quickly but then there comes the issue of manufacturing enough doses for everybody, but I’m sure Pfizer is too and BioNTech.”



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