European Stocks Resume Falls On Omicron Warning
Umer Jamshaid Published November 30, 2021 | 01:49 PM
European equities fell in opening deals on Tuesday after the head of Moderna warned current coronavirus vaccines might be less effective at fending off the Omicron variant
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2021 ) :European equities fell in opening deals on Tuesday after the head of Moderna warned current coronavirus vaccines might be less effective at fending off the Omicron variant.
In initial trade, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index reversed 0.9 percent to 7,047.14 points.
Moderna chief executive Stephane Bancel's comments, in an interview with the Financial Times, sent traders running for cover.
. . we had with Delta," he told the daily business newspaper.
The high amount of mutations on Omicron and its swift spread in South Africa indicated the present jabs would need to be tweaked, he indicated.
"Bancel ... predicted existing vaccines would struggle with the Omicron variant," said CMC Markets analyst Michael Hewson.
The Moderna chief "warned it would take months for pharmaceutical companies to manufacture enough jabs at a sufficient scale to make a difference", Hewson added.
"His tone contrasts with the likes of Pfizer and BioNTech was suggested any new vaccine would be able to modified fairly quickly."