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Covid Omicron latest news: Pfizer CEO says fourth shot may be needed as Boris Johnson announces ‘Plan B’ restrictions

Pfizer says 3 shots neutralize omicron variation in initial findings

CEO of Pfizer Inc has said that a fourth dose of the vaccine may be needed to better protect against omicron Early studies suggest that the Covid-19 variant may weaken antibody protection with two doses.

Albert Bourla said the company is waiting to see the actual data to determine if additional doses specifically for omicrons are needed. “When we see real-world data, [we] will determine if the omicron is well covered by the third dose and for how long. And second point, I think we’re going to need a fourth dose,” Bourla told CNBC, adding that data can be expected in the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, two other countries, Pakistan and Cuba, have detected cases of the new variant.

In the UK, Boris Johnson Notification ‘plan B‘restrictions will be in place in the UK from early next week, including guidance to work from home and Vaccine Passports are made mandatory at night club and larger locations.

At a press conference in Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: “It is increasingly clear that omicron is growing much faster than the previous delta variant and is spreading rapidly worldwide. ”

In a statement to concurrent MPs, the Health Minister Sajid Javid told the Commons there are currently 568 confirmed cases of the new variant in the UK, but current estimates are “probably closer to 10,000”. He said the number could hit one million before the end of the year.

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Pakistan finds first omicron case

Pakistan has detected its first case of the omicron variant, authorities said on Thursday.

A spokesman for the southern Sindh province told Reuters news agency that the infection was found in an unvaccinated patient being treated at a private hospital in Pakistan’s most populous city of Karachi.

The patient has traveled abroad. Officials declined to disclose the location but confirmed that contact tracing was underway.

Stuti MishraDecember 9, 2021 06:00

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ICYMI: ‘Plan B’ restrictions to be enforced in UK

Boris Johnson announced the government will implement “plan B“For England with the introduction Covid passports for major venues and instructions for the public to work from home from Monday.

The prime minister’s decision to strengthen restrictions – following a meeting of the government’s Covid operations committee – was made in response to concerns about the ability of the omicron variant to transmit and spread around the world.

He also announced that the mandatory mask wearing will be extended to cinemas and theaters after they were reintroduced two weeks ago to public transport and shops, but will be waived. except for eating, drinking and exercising.

However, in a move that risks causing confusion with homeschooling, Mr Johnson reiterated his previous stance that Christmas parties should not be canceled and urged people to be “cautious”. , including pre-checking for such events.

Ashley Cowburn, ours political reporter explain the new rules:

Stuti MishraDecember 9, 2021 05:51

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Pfizer CEO predicts fourth shot may be needed due to Omicron . variant

The CEO of Pfizer Inc has said that a fourth dose of the vaccine may be needed to provide better protection against the omicron variant of Covid-19, as early studies suggest it may weaken protection. antibody protection with two doses. Albert Bourla said the company is waiting to see the actual data to determine if additional doses specifically for omicrons are needed. “When we see real-world data, [we] will determine if the omicron is well covered by the third dose and for how long. And second point, I think we’re going to need a fourth dose,” Bourla told CNBC, adding that data can be expected in the next two weeks.

Stuti MishraDecember 9, 2021 05:38

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Welcome to The Independent’s Covid-19 pandemic live blog on Thursday, December 9.

Stuti MishraDecember 9, 2021 05:20

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