Fauci: Boosters Likely Highly Effective Against Omicron

The New York Times reports:

Booster doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines are likely to offer a substantial increase in protection against the new and highly transmissible Omicron variant, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said Wednesday, adding that “at this point, there is no need for a very specific booster” designed especially to fight Omicron.

Dr. Fauci, President Biden’s top medical adviser for the coronavirus response, shared preliminary data from his institute’s analysis of the Moderna vaccine, showing that while two doses produced a negligible antibody response against Omicron in the laboratory, the protection shot way up after a third dose.

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