Current Covid vaccines can likely protect from omicron: BioNTech CEO
The current generation of Covid-19 vaccines probably will still protect against severe disease in people infected by the omicron variant, BioNTech SE Chief Executive Officer Ugur Sahin said.
The new, highly mutated variant could result in more vaccinated people becoming infected, Sahin told Dow Jones in an interview. But even if the variant is able to elude antibodies in vaccinated people, it will probably still be targeted by immune cells, he said.
“Don’t freak out,” Sahin said. “The plan remains the same: Speed up the administration of a third booster shot.”
The comments from the chief of BioNTech, Pfizer Inc.’s partner on the Covid vaccine, add to a growing range of views from vaccine developers on the efficacy of their shots against the new variant. Amid a shortage of hard data, some of their positions have seemed contradictory at times, fueling uncertainty among investors about how to react to omicron’s emergence.
Moderna Inc. executives said earlier that omicron’s many mutations suggest new vaccines will be needed, triggering a drop in financial markets. The University of Oxford, which developed a vaccine with AstraZeneca Plc, said there’s no evidence existing shots won’t provide some protection against the new strain.
Ultimately, the proof will come in the results of lab tests within weeks — and in the performance of the shots against the variant in real-world populations.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is also projecting cautious optimism on the vaccines. Biden said Monday that his medical team believes that current vaccines “will continue to provide a degree of protection against severe disease,” but that more data will come in a few weeks. Updated, omicron-specific vaccines are “hopefully unlikely” and the U.S. does “not yet believe that additional measures will be needed.”
The European Union’s drugs regulator said earlier Tuesday that it would use expedited procedures to approve new versions of the Covid-19 vaccines to address omicron should the current ones prove insufficient to fight it off.
BioNTech also moved to speed up the availability of shots for younger school-aged children in the European Union. The company informed European Commission officials on Tuesday that vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 would ship the week of Dec. 13, a week earlier than had been planned, according to documents seen by Bloomberg News.
(Updates with faster schedule of children’s vaccines)
–With assistance from Josh Wingrove.
Black-Ish Season 8 Release Date, Cast, And Plot
Based indirectly on, “Black-ish” looks at the day-to-day lives of an upper-middle-class African-American family, the Johnsons. Many of the jokes revolve around the insecurities of Dre, the patriarch who isn’t always sure about how to interact with Black culture as a privileged advertising executive. His wife Bow, a biracial woman who is a successful anesthesiologist, is more used to juggling differing identities. Together, the pair try to deal with personal and political problems while raising their five children in a changing world.
Over seven seasons, “Black-ish” has undergone several changes, including Deon Cole joining the series, Dre and Bow nearly divorcing, and daughter Zoey getting her own show, “Grown-ish.” Yet the sitcom has remained one of the reliable staples of network comedy even as it tackled hot-button political issues. It seems likely then that Season 8 will depict some serious changes in the lives of the Johnsons, building up to what should be a heartfelt conclusion for “Black-ish.”
Then vs Now: Here’s what the cast of The Big Bang Theory is up to these days
The Big Bang Theory graced our screens for twelve entertaining seasons and we can never forget how a theoretical physicist and his three nerd friends were able to make us laugh out loud with their epic hijinks! To top that, we gushed over their beautiful neighbour who later turned out to be one of the most important characters of the cast.
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Kaley Cuoco (Penny Teller), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz), Kunal Nayyar (Rajesh Koothrappali), Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski) were seven of the most interesting people that we wanted to be friends with! The series ran on CBS from September 2007 to May 2019 and the show could easily be termed as one of the most-watched sitcoms in history.
The cast took up different projects ever since The Big Bang Theory concluded in 2019. Let us take a look at what the cast has been up to post the iconic series:
Jim Parsons aka Sheldon Cooper
Jim Parsons even bagged Emmys for his outstanding performance in the series. He also helped with voiceovers in The Big Bang Theory’s spin-off Young Sheldon. Parsons collaborated with his onscreen wife Mayim Bialik in Call Me Kat. He was also in an episode of The Simpsons. As for his personal life, Parsons married Todd Spiewak in May 2017 and has been in a happy relationship ever since!
Johnny Galecki aka Leonard Hofstadter
Post The Big Bang Theory, Johnny starred in The Conners. He has also been a part of different movies including Rings, A Dog’s Journey, and The Cleanse, among others. Galecki also welcomed a baby boy with Alaina Meyer in 2019.
Kaley Cuoco aka Penny Teller
After The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco has starred in The Flight Attendant which also helped her bag a Golden Globe nomination. She has also been a part of Harley Quinn, 8 Simple Rules, Charmed, Hop, and Young Sheldon, among others. Cuoco married Karl Cook in 2018, but the duo announced their split in September 2021.
Mayim Bialik aka Amy Farrah Fowler
Bialik had joined The Big Bang Theory in 2010 but was an integral part of the series ever since. After the series, she starred in Call Me Kat and has also hosted quite a few episodes of Jeopardy! after Alex Trebek’s passing away.
Simon Helberg aka Howard Wolowitz
After taking a break from acting post The Big Bang Theory, Helberg returned with Annette. He has also worked in A Cinderella Story, We’ll Never Have Paris, Florence Foster Jenkins, among others.
As for his personal life, Helberg has two kids, daughter Adeline and son Wilder.
Kunal Nayyar aka Rajesh Koothrapalli
Nayyar has starred in Trolls World Tour, Think Like a Dog, Sweetness in the Belly, Trolls Holiday and Hotel Mumbai, among others. He married Neha Kapur in 2011.
Melissa Rauch aka Bernadette Rostenkowski
Melissa Rauch has starred in The Bronze, Ode to Joy, Batman and Harley Quinn, The Laundromat, Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite, among others.
Which character from the series is your favourite? Share your thoughts about The Big Bang Theory in the comments below.
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