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BioNTech CEO: Omicron Is Partial Escape Variant, but Booster May Restore Protection

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Preliminary data suggest the BioNTech and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine may have diminished protection against the omicron variant, but levels of neutralizing antibodies can be restored with a third shot. Real-world data are needed to further assess the vaccine’s efficacy against the new variant and whether an omicron-specific version of the shot is needed.

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‘The Scientists, They’re Learning More’: a Defiant Biden Defends the CDC Amid Mounting Criticism

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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Wednesday defended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, amid mounting criticism of the agency’s repeated struggles to communicate basic public health guidance.

But instead of conceding that the agency is fundamentally flawed, or that his top health officials have underperformed, Biden attributed the communications issues to the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, and of science itself.

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Regenerative Med Biotech ProKidney Inks $825M Merger to Back CKD Cell Therapy

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ProKidney is going public in a SPAC merger that infuses the biotech with $825 million for Phase 3 tests and manufacturing of its autologous cell therapy for chronic kidney disease. More than slowing the decline in organ function, ProKidney says its cell therapy offers the potential to reverse injury caused by the condition.

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Metabucks: Microsoft Offers $69 Billion to Buy Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft just announced its intention to buy video game developer, Activision Blizzard, for almost $70 billion. This has some people speculating about Microsoft’s future metaverse aspirations.

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