Omicron, found in Europe before S Africa, jolts markets on vax fears

Dutch authorities said the variant had been detected in the Netherlands as early as November 19

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Closed doors at a departure hall of Narita international airport a day after Japan closed its borders to prevent the spread of Omicron variant. The country reported its first Omicron case on Tuesday (Photo: Reuters)

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The financial markets and oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday after the head of drugmaker Moderna said existing Covid-19 vaccines would be less effective against the new Omicron variant. They were in the red despite reassuring comments from European officials and top executives of other vaccine makers who said all of the people infected are asymptomatic or showing only mild symptoms.
Oxford University, too, said there’s no evidence that the new omicron variant defeats the vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca, contrasting with more pessimistic views put forward by some other shot makers like Moderna and Regeneron.
BioNTech SE Chief Executive Officer Ugur Sahin said the current generation of Covid-19 vaccines probably will still protect against severe disease in

First Published: Nov 30 2021 | 11:53 PM IST

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