Moderna’s chief medical offer has warned that the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID could combine to create a “monster” virus.
Paul Burton claimed that is was possible for someone to contract both variants at the same time, which “certainly gives an opportunity for the two viruses to, recombinate” meaning they could begin sharing genes and swapping genes over.
This could “certainly” lead to worse COVID-19 symptoms than usual, according to Burton, who added that “it is really important to think about it” given the rapid spread of Omicron.
Aleksandr Semyonov, head of Russia’s Vector virology research center, said that although it would be a “rather rare phenomenon,” a potential Delta-Omicron combination is still possible.
We can only imagine that the solution to any future variants, including a “Monster Virus” would be more restrictions, lockdowns and more vaccines.
There is no doubt that Moderna will be ready and waiting to take full advantage of creating more vaccines.
As mentioned before, Moderna’s Stephane Bancel, as stated that younger people will need a vaccine booster at least once every 3 years.
So whether or not we will see a mutated monster virus, you can bet the vaccines, lockdowns, and restrictions aren’t going anywhere any time soon.