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Monday, 4 October 2021

We’re going to need new vaccines by next year

The Health Ministry reported 768 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 761 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 306,798 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 37 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 17,436.

New covid vaccines will be needed by mid-2022 to protect against new variants of the virus, chief executive of BioNTech Ugur Sahin told the Financial Times. The current vaccines should remain effective for the rest of the year against the existing variants but companies will likely have to develop “tailored” shots for more heavily mutated strains that could crop up next year, he said.

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