Ugur Sahin, BioNTech CEO (Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa via AP Images)

'Don't freak out': Ugur Sahin takes a dif­fer­ent tone on Omi­cron than his mR­NA coun­ter­part — re­ports

Where­as some pub­lic health of­fi­cials and bio­phar­ma lead­ers — in­clud­ing Mod­er­na CEO Stéphane Ban­cel — are sound­ing the alarm over the new Omi­cron coro­n­avirus vari­ant, BioN­Tech chief Ugur Sahin is press­ing a more cau­tious ap­proach.

In in­ter­views Tues­day with the Wall Street Jour­nal and Reuters, Sahin cau­tioned that lit­tle is yet known of the vari­ant’s abil­i­ty to cause se­vere Covid-19, and T cell re­spons­es among the vac­ci­nat­ed would like­ly re­main strong. Though the biotech is still con­duct­ing lab tests to de­ter­mine whether an­ti­body pro­tec­tion will be di­min­ished, Sahin isn’t press­ing the pan­ic but­ton.

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