Ómicron: Moderna will develop booster doses of the anti-Covid vaccine to combat the new variant

The variant detected in South Africa is considered “worrisome” by the WHO

Modern announced on Friday its intention to develop a specific booster dose for the new variant omicron of Covid-19, detected in South Africa and considered “worrisome” by the who.

Modern will quickly develop a vaccine candidate for a dose specific reinforcement for the omicron variant “, said the company U.S it’s a statement.

The ad is part of a targeted strategy to work in dose specific reinforcement for the variants of concern, according to Moderna.

“On 2020-2021, that already included the dose of reinforcement for the delta and beta variants, “said the laboratory, which indicated that it had” repeatedly demonstrated its ability to bring new candidates to the clinical trial phase in 60-90 days”.

“Since its inception, we have said that to combat pandemic, it is imperative to be proactive in the face of the evolution of the virus “, said the director executive of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, quoted in the statement.

“The mutations of the omicron variant are worrisome and for several days we advance also as quickly as possible to run our strategy, in order to fight against this variant ”, he added.

What is known about omicron, the new variant

The scientists South Africans this week identified a new version of the coronavirus that, they said, is responsible for the recent increase in infections by Covid-19 in Gauteng, the most populated province in the country. It is not clear where arose the new variant, but the scientists It was first detected in South Africa, and it has now been seen in travelers arriving in Belgium, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel.

The Minister South African Health Officer Joe Phaahla said the variant was related to a “exponential increase” of the cases in recent days, although experts are still trying to determine if the new variant is really responsible.

After registering just over 200 new confirmed cases per day in recent weeks, South Africa watched the number skyrocket to 2,465 Thursday. Unable to explain the sudden increase in cases, the scientists studied samples of the virus outbreak and they discovered the new variant.