- While the Delta variant of COVID-19 provided a layer of protection against the risk of reinfection, that doesn't appear to be the case with the Omicron variant, according to a leading South African microbiologist.
- Anne von Gottberg of South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Disease said that the country is seeing an upswing in reinfections in patients presenting with the Omicron variant.
- However, she said during a WHO Africa news briefing today that the reinfections may be less severe than the original infection.
- More than 8K new cases were detected yesterday in the country and that number is expected to rise to 10K daily.
- Separately, two additional Omicron cases were identified in the U.S. today: One in Minnesota and the other in Colorado. The Minnesota case involved a man who had symptoms just after returning from an anime convention in New York City. He was fully vaccinated and received a booster shot.
- Vaccine makers were down on the day: Moderna (MRNA -2.9%), Pfizer (PFE -3.0%), BioNTech (BNTX -0.3%), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ -0.6%) and Novavax (NVAX -15.9%).
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