British regulator 1st to authorize Moderna’s updated COVID booster – CBC

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British regulator 1st to authorize Moderna’s updated COVID booster – CBC

by tmnationtalk on August 16, 202259 Views

Each dose of the booster shot will target both the original COVID-19 virus and Omicron BA.1

Aug 15, 2022

British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine that aims to protect against the original virus and the Omicron variant.

In a statement on Monday, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency said it had given the green light to Moderna’s combination “bivalent” vaccine, which will be used as an adult booster shot.

Each dose of the booster shot will target both the original COVID-19 virus that was first detected in 2020 and the Omicron BA.1 variant that was first picked up in November. British regulators said the side effects were similar to those seen for Moderna’s original booster shot and were typically “mild and self-resolving.”

“What this [combination] vaccine gives us is a sharpened tool in our armoury to help protect us against this disease as the virus continues to evolve,” said Dr June Raine, the head of Britain’s health-care and medicines regulator.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/uk-approval-dual-covid-vaccine-1.6551316

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