COVID super booster vaccines are reportedly set to be given the green light for millions of Brits from autumn.
Around 30 million over-50s are expected to be boosted with the vaccine, which is specifically designed to protect against the Omicron strain.
Moderna’s so-called super booster is said to be five times better than the original vaccine and is expected to be approved by drug regulators within weeks, reports the Mail on Sunday.
It goes by the unofficial name “214” and uses mRNA molecules to program the immune system to protect against two types of Covid – the original Wuhan strain and Omicron.
There is a renewed surge in omicron cases, with infection numbers rising by nearly a third last week.
However, they still remain lower than the March peaks.
Last Friday, the influential European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it believes Moderna’s new vaccine could offer “some benefits in enhancing the immune response” in recipients.
And it said “bivalent vaccines could be considered… for use as a booster.”
In the meantime, the company is said to have already held talks with British health chiefs about the distribution of the 214 syringe.
dr Paul Burton, Moderna’s chief medical officer, said there was “clear interest” from the UK in buying its new vaccine, the Telegraph reports.
Last month, Moderna released positive results showing that the so-called Superjab offers strong protection against Omicron BA4 and BA5 – the two subvariants driving the current wave of infections.
dr Burton said, “I think the conclusions are that raising … at 214 could really be a game changer in our fight against the SARS-Cov-2 virus.”
It comes after survivors of the Omicron Covid wave were warned they will not be able to fight off new strains of the circulating beetle.
A study by Imperial College London found that those who had previous omicron disease were not immune to re-infection, including the older BA.1 and BA.2 versions and newer BA.4 and BA.5 -Tribes.
And that’s despite the fact that they had an immune boost against previous strains like Delta and Alpha.
Professor Danny Altmann of the Imperial Department of Immunology and Inflammation said: “Not only can it breach vaccine defenses, it also appears to leave very few of the traits we would expect on the immune system.
“It’s more stealthy than previous variants and flies under the radar so the immune system can’t remember it.”
However, he emphasized that vaccines still protect against serious illness and death.
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