According to Moderna, the COVID-19 vaccine, given as a booster dose, strengthens the body’s immune system against omicron.
In laboratory testing, according to the Moderna Corporation, a dosage of 50 micrograms of the vaccine was found to enhance antibody responses against omicron significantly.
A total 100-microgram dosage, on the other hand, proved much more powerful, increasing antibody levels by an astounding 83-fold when compared to baseline levels.
In addition, people who had their antibodies boosted 29 days after the study were shown to have higher levels of antibodies.
Moderna says preliminary data suggests its vaccine booster increases antibody levels against the Omicron varianthttps://t.co/P7AyrTh3Kz
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Enhancing Antibody Response
The substantial increase in COVID-19 cases caused by omicron is a source of concern for everyone.
However, according to Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel, the evidence demonstrating enhanced neutralizing antibody responses is comforting.
BREAKING: Moderna says a third dose of its Covid-19 vaccine increases antibody levels by 37 times against the omicron variant https://t.co/761pZltAqn pic.twitter.com/BJ81MEfNkd
— Bloomberg (@business) December 20, 2021
When the booster injections were given, the adverse effects were quite comparable to those after the first two doses. A few of the most frequent side effects of the Moderna vaccination are discomfort at the injection site, chills, and exhaustion.
Most of the time, the side effects experienced after vaccination indicate the immune system is reacting and the vaccine is effective. According to the study, people who got the more prominent, 100-microgram dosage were more likely to develop unpleasant effects.
The company stated it intends to continue experimenting on variant-specific boosters, which contain mutations from previously identified variants of interest, such as delta and beta viruses.
Variant Specific Boosters
According to Bancel, Moderna will continue to progress an omicron-specific booster nominee into clinical testing as quickly as possible.
In addition, if a booster candidate for omicron is required in the future, Moderna will conduct it as soon as possible. Finally, as part of their booster programs, they will continue to gather and share data with public health authorities.
Earlier this month, it was disclosed that Pfizer found its booster doses helped considerably strengthen the body’s immune reaction to prevent infection by omicron.
Currently, anyone 18 and older who was completely vaccinated with either Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine at least six months ago is eligible to receive a booster vaccination shot.
To encourage eligible people to receive their booster injections as soon as possible, the Biden government increased its outreach efforts, particularly before the Christmas season; people traveled to see family and congregate inside, thereby raising the risk of transference.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, stated last week the organization truly wants individuals to meet in a safe environment.
People should use the upcoming week to ensure they are implementing those safe preventive and mitigation techniques.
This way, when they gather for the festivities, no one will be infected with the virus because they have been vaccinated, boosted, and masked, as is currently the case.