I looked up this number real quick to reassure myself. This is basically what we can expect as the Omicron worst case for freshly vaccinated or freshly boostered people. Beta, which is probably the closest we've seen to Omicron so far, was measured at 85% efficacy (Delta: 88%). So probably Omicron comes in somewhere in the middle, maybe 78 or so percent.Additionally, a "vaccines stop working" level immune escape, as per Drosten, is highly unlikely, if not impossible. Again, the BioNTech vaccine has 75% efficacy against OG SARS...
I don't like the idea of mandatory vaccination, but I feel that shuffling the willingly un-vaxinated to the bottom of the treatment list is fair. Live by your choices and all that...
Booster appointment secured for saturdaywork just posted new rules - and the company vaccination centre will re-open early december for first, second and third shots open to all employees.
IIRC, it was you who praised that advantage of “printed” mRNA vaccines a long while ago. Once the genome of the virus/variant is known, the printing can be adjusted very quickly. Which is one main reason why I am not in any kind of panic over theWorst case is an Omicron-specific booster ready to roll on a billions of doses per quarter scale by March.
I think the last paragraph is the main point - as Drosten pointed out as well, our immune response gets broader with every exposure to the virus. We know that recovery plus vaccination give you almost full immunity against anything from the same coronavirus family tree (so-called "hyper immunity"). Three vax doses should have a similar effect, but to be honest I would not mind spending the run-up to Christmas in bed with a breakthrough infection and be done with the shit at this point.
For those of you who suffer from "Omicron panic" as much as I do, some much-needed reassurance from Pfizer's head of R&D:
A top Pfizer executive says the company is hopeful that booster shots will provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant — but has already envisioned a timeline for the development of a new vaccine if that’s not the case.www.statnews.com
tl;dr: Worst case is an Omicron-specific booster ready to roll on a billions of doses per quarter scale by March.