New Covid-19 booster for highly contagious omicron variant may launch shortly after Labor Day, according to multiple reports, all 12 and older of Americans will be eligible for the vaccine, which experts hope will provide an additional tool to fight the coronavirus and prevent a winter surge.
, Canada Those who are prone to serious illnesses who have not been vaccinated recently should get an omicron booster immediately.
Adalja said that for those who are not at high risk and are kept up to date on Covid vaccines, this may It is beneficial to wait “to see how the data play out”, namely how well the vaccine protects against infection and how the virus “looks like when boosters are available”, including whether it mutates.
10 to 15 million. That’s how many omicron boosters will be available to start out of a total of 171 million injections, according to a source familiar with the distribution of the vaccine, quoted by Bloomberg.
“We really have to do better to protect the American public,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s Chief Medical Officer (Dr. Anthony S. Fauci) adviser, told The Times this week . “We are in the midst of a BA.5 epidemic and we are far from where we want to be.”
According to the CDC, only about half of those who received the primary series of vaccines received a booster dose.
FDA in June recommended that pharmaceutical companies update Covid vaccines to target omicron substrains BA.4 and BA.5. Moderna and Pfizer this week submitted their respective emergency use authorization applications for booster injections for BA.4 and BA.5 to the FDA. Closely related subvariants are rapidly dominating the US: BA.5 accounted for 88.7% of all coronavirus infections this week, according to CDC estimates. Although cases gradually began to decline, the new strain led to a rise in Covid infections and hospitalizations in June and July. The data suggest that the new variant is more effective at evading immunity from vaccines and previous infections than previous Covid strains. These strains have specific mutations in the spike protein (the part of the virus that binds to human cells) that helps them do this. The federal government has warned that several factors, including winter weather, a fast-moving virus and weakened immunity, could lead to an increase in severe coronavirus cases. American complacency may hinder vaccination, Marks tells Times work, while some experts have raised concerns that repeated booster shots may be an impractical and infeasible solution to the pandemic.
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