White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony S. Fauci has asserted that booster doses of the coronavirus vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, are likely to offer a substantial increase in protection against the new variant. highly transmissible, Omicron.
At this point, he said, “there is no need for a specific vaccine” designed specifically to fight Omicron.
In this sense, Dr Fauci shared preliminary data from his institute’s analysis of the Moderna vaccine, showing that if two doses produced a negligible antibody response against Omicron in the laboratory, protection increased significantly after a third dose.
These preliminary results suggest that there will be major infections in fully vaccinated people who have not received their booster shots.
“Our booster vaccination schedules work against Omicron,” said Dr Fauci. And to insist: “So the message remains clear: If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated, and particularly in the Omicron arena if you are fully vaccinated, take the booster dose”.
Dr Fauci’s warning came as officials in the Biden administration brace for a potential wave of infections at Omicron that could overwhelm the healthcare system.
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection recently warned that the percentage of coronavirus cases in the United States caused by the Omicron variant has risen sharply and could portend a significant increase in infections as early as next month.