COVID-19: There is a vaccine targeting the Ómicron variant

Deepak Gupta August 16, 2022
Updated 2022/08/16 at 2:01 AM

A new generation of vaccine, targeting the Ómicron variant, was recently approved in the UK.

It is true that nowadays little is said about COVID-19. However, the WHO still maintains the pandemic status that will remain for some time.

Ómicron: This version of the vaccine, the first in the world, consists of a booster dose

A new generation of the vaccine from the pharmaceutical company Moderna against covid-19, targeting the Ómicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has been approved in the United Kingdom, the British regulatory body for medicines announced today, as revealed by Lusa.

This version of the vaccine, the first in the world, consists of a booster dose, targeting half the original virus variant and half the Ómicron variant.

The new version "provokes a strong immune response" against both, including the Ómicron BA.4 and BA.5 strains, with "low side effects" similar to those seen with the original sera, the Medicines and Medical Devices Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said. ) in a statement.

COVID-19: There is a vaccine targeting the Ómicron variant

The director general of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, underlined, quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP), “the important role” that this “new generation” of vaccine can play in protecting against COVID-19.

Last week, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it anticipated approval in the fall of a Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 targeting the highly transmissible Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 strains.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned in July that the pandemic is "far from over", due to the spread of Ómicron strains, the lifting of health restrictions and the decrease in tests.

COVID-19 cases increased globally in late spring and early summer, driven by newer variants, and cases are predicted to increase again in autumn and winter.

The UK is one of the most affected countries in Europe by the pandemic, with nearly 180,000 deaths associated with COVID-19.

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