According to Reuters, the Omicron-targeting COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) has been given the go-ahead as a booster shot for anyone 18 years of age and older.
According to the Sept. 2 report, the EPA approved the modified vaccination after assessing its efficacy, safety, and “urgent domestic public health needs.”
Following approval from the U.S. FDA earlier this week, the Omicron-targeting booster dose was just approved in Canada and has received support from the U.S. CDC.
A panel of the European Medicines Agency yesterday recommended that the modified vaccine be approved.
The United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Australia have already given their approval for the bivalent vaccine.
Contained in the boosters is a blend of the new and the old. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech partnership and Moderna create their vaccines using messenger RNA (mRNA) that codes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Bivalent vaccinations are now available.
The Advantages of the New Boosts
According to some scientists, we don’t. One of the two members of the FDA committee who opposed requesting businesses to produce Omicron-specific boosters was Paul Offit, a researcher on vaccines at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Offit doesn’t deny that the new vaccines will have some advantages, but he questions if the extra costs are justified. Offit claims that current COVID-19 vaccines continue to protect against the worst consequences and that even updated vaccines will have minimal effect if the intention is to prevent infections.
Two vaccines that target the omicron version of COVID-19 have been approved, according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which oversees drugs in the EU.
The US business Moderna and the US-German collaboration BioNTech-Pfizer created the vaccinations. In addition to being effective against the virus’s original strain, the vaccinations are the first to specifically target the omicron variation BA.1. Both also created vaccinations against the virus’s initial incarnation that the EMA approved.
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