Moderna Covid Omicron booster: what is the new vaccine?

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The new ‘next generation’ booster vaccine is an updated version of the Moderna vaccine and has been approved for use in the UK



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A ‘next-generation’ Covid-19 booster vaccine, the first to target two strains of the virus, has been approved for use in adults in the UK.

The UK has become the first nation to approve a ‘next-generation’ Covid-19 booster shot, the first to target two strains of the virus.

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The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved Moderna’s bivalent vaccine, which targets both the original Covid strain and the Omicron variant.

The dose known as mRNA-1273.214 is an updated version of the Moderna vaccine already in use for the first, second and booster doses.

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Who gets the vaccine?

It has now been approved for adult use in the UK.

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Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paul Burton previously said the new vaccine can boost a person’s antibodies to levels so high that it may only be needed annually.

Moderna Chief Executive Officer Stephane Bancel described it as a “next-generation Covid-19 vaccine” which will play a “key role in protecting people in the UK from Covid-19” over the winter.

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Mr Bancel said: “We are delighted with the MHRA’s approval of Spikevax Bivalent Original/Omicron, our next-generation Covid-19 vaccine.

“This represents the first approval of an Omicron-containing bivalent vaccine, further demonstrating the commitment and leadership of the UK public health authorities in bringing the Covid-19 pandemic to a close.

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“This bivalent vaccine plays an important role in protecting people in the UK from Covid-19 as we enter the winter months.”

The MHRA said the vaccine’s side effects are the same as the original Moderna booster dose and were typically mild.

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The Chairman of the Board, Dr. June Raine, described the new booster as “a sharpened tool in our armory” to help protect the UK from Covid-19.

This article is continuously updated

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