Moderna to test different booster shot against South Africa coronavirus variant

Daniel Fowler
January 26, 2021

In addition, Moderna will test if simply giving an extra dose of the original vaccine could be helpful.

Akiko Iwasaki, a leading virologist from Yale, tweeted: "This is good", adding that she expected other vaccine makers were also developing boosters that target the South African variant.

With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming increasingly available, many people are wondering about the two-visit/two-dose treatment - and what happens if you miss that second required dose or take it really late. "Out of an abundance of caution and leveraging the flexibility of our mRNA platform, we are advancing an emerging variant booster candidate against the variant first identified in the Republic of South Africa into the clinic to determine if it will be more effective to boost titers against this and potentially future variants".

Tata Group's healthcare venture is said to have started initial discussions with Moderna Inc for a partnership to launch its COVID-19 vaccine in India, the Economic Times reported on Monday.

The studies have been submitted to bioRxiv, a site that allows researchers to make their findings publicly available and receive feedback before they are peer-reviewed and sent to scientific journals.

President Joe Biden will re-impose a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said Sunday, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response.

Young curfew violators burn COVID-19 testing centre in the Netherlands
Police said those who were arrested on Saturday night were people who refused to go home or who committed acts of violence. A Covid-19 testing centre was also set alight on Saturday evening in the northern village of Urk, local authorities said.

The best news of all of this is, of course, that Moderna now has evidence that suggests the mRNA-based vaccine it's already providing to people globally will still provide protection against SARS-CoV-2, and by extension, COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the vaccine appeared to deliver equivalent levels of neutralizing antibodies with the United Kingdom variant.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director (CDC) head Rochelle Walensky will sign a separate order Monday requiring masks on all airplanes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-share vehicles for all travelers two and older, officials said.

The variant has proven to be far more transmissible than previous coronavirus strains, with some scientists stating there is "a realistic possibility" B.1.1.7 could also be more deadly.

However, the response was far weaker with the South African variant.

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