Moderna Says Updated Vaccine For Omicron May Be Available By 2022

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Moderna made an announcement Sunday. One more thing you might be grateful for this Thanksgiving! It’s a new vaccine created to fight against a new variant called Omicron. On Sunday, Moderna’s chief Paul Burton told Axios that a modified version of the vaccine; [against the newly identified Omicron strain variant] may be accessible for the public by early 2022.

Former head of the Food and Drug Administration [Dr. Scott Gottlieb] said Sunday the variant was more than likey present in the U.S.; but we ‘have a better handle now than we did last year’.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb

“It’s almost definitely here already, just looking at the number of cases the coming off planes this weekend. It’s almost a certainty that there have been cases that have gotten into the United States,” Gottlieb said in an interview with “Face the Nation.”


“We’re in a much better place now than we were a year ago when B.1.1.7 first arrived. Or even when Delta first arrived. We are sequencing about a hundred thousand cases a week; which is very good. It’s about 20% of all the diagnosed cases. CDC is also going to set up this week a new surveillance system specifically for this variant.”


Omicron Strain Recently Found in November 2021

Moreover, according to The Washington Post; the new variant is being found in other countries. Thus, many legislations bind up their borders for travel. However, some South African researchers; just days ago located the variant.

Travel Bans Due To New Strain Anxiety

Since the new discovery, Israel banned entry to foreigners; then and Morocco said it would suspend all incoming flights for two weeks starting Monday — among the most drastic of a growing raft of travel curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scrambled to slow the variant’s spread. Scientists in several places — from Hong Kong to Europe — have confirmed its presence. The Netherlands reported 13 omicron cases on Sunday, and Australia found two.

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