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BioNTech develops vaccine against COVID-19 Omicron variant

BioNTech SE has said it has started work to develop a vaccine against the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Omicron was first detected in South Africa.

In a statement, BioNTech, which makes vaccines together with Pfizer (PFE.N), said the development of an adapted vaccine is part of the company’s standard procedure for new variants.

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Omicron was first reported on November 24 in South Africa. The infections in the country have risen steeply.

The variant has since spread to more than a dozen countries, many of which have imposed travel restrictions to try to seal themselves off. (AW)

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