According to vaccine-maker Pfizer, in case there was a "vaccine-escape" variant, the company expects to be able to develop and produce a new tailor-made vaccine against that variant within about 100 days.
The comments from Pfizer have offered little solace to a still overall very risk-off market. 100 days for a vaccine is good, but then nations would have to roll the vaccine out, which as seen in 2021, takes many months.
A vaccine-resistant variant, if that is what the new South African variant turns out to be, could still deliver a significant blow to the global economic outlook over the next six months if nations significantly tighten lockdowns and travel restrictions and consumers begin to fear the virus again.
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