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11/30/2021, 4:43 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Omicron won't cause severe illness in vaccinated - BioNTech

BioNTech SE co-founder Ugur Sahin claimed on Tuesday that there's a low chance the newly registered Omicron coronavirus variant will cause severe COVID-19 in vaccinated people.

In an interview published on Tuesday, Dr. Sahin insisted that "the plan remains the same: Speed up the administration of a third booster shot," urging people not to "freak out." However, he noted that the new mutation might prompt more infections among inoculated.

"Our belief [that the vaccines work against Omicron variant] is rooted in science: If a virus achieves immune escape, it achieves it against antibodies, but there's the second level of immune response that protects from severe disease - the T-cells," he told The Wall Street Journal.

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