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Moderna says its new vaccine booster exhibits ‘superior’ response to Omicron : NPR


Moderna says its new bivalent vaccine is its “lead candidate for a Fall 2022 booster.” Right here, a vial of the corporate’s COVID-19 vaccine sits on a desk at a vaccination clinic in San Rafael, California.

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Moderna says its new bivalent vaccine is its “lead candidate for a Fall 2022 booster.” Right here, a vial of the corporate’s COVID-19 vaccine sits on a desk at a vaccination clinic in San Rafael, California.

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Moderna says its new vaccine candidate, which fights each the unique COVID-19 pressure and the now-dominant omicron variant, exhibits a “superior neutralizing antibody response” towards the coronavirus in comparison with its authentic vaccine.

The “bivalent” vaccine — which means it targets two totally different antigens — is Moderna’s main candidate to have an efficient booster prepared for fall of 2022, the corporate stated.

“We’re submitting our preliminary information and evaluation to regulators with the hope that the Omicron-containing bivalent booster might be out there within the late summer time,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel stated in a information launch.

Due to the upper antibody response seen with the brand new vaccine candidate, Moderna predicts that individuals who get the booster can have safety that’s “extra sturdy over time” towards omicron, in comparison with the unique Moderna vaccine.

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