Analysis: The next COVID booster shots will likely be updated for Omicron

Posted on AllSides June 27th, 2022
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ANALYSIS

NEW YORK, June 24 (Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccines this fall are likely to be based on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rather than the original strain, although some experts suggest they may only offer significant benefits for older and immunocompromised people.

Moderna (MRNA.O), Pfizer (PFE.N) and Novavax (NVAX.O) have been testing vaccines based on the first BA.1 Omicron variant that became dominant last winter, driving a massive surge in infections.

On Wednesday, Moderna said its updated vaccine worked well against more recent Omicron subvariants, and that it was moving forward with plans to ask...

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