Moderna vaccine effective against UK, SA strains and promising Israeli data

Clay Curtis
January 26, 2021

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine protects against worrisome emerging variants of the coronavirus, but it's taking the precaution of testing a possible booster dose against the strain discovered in South Africa.

The second shot was being given up to 35 days from the first.

"The next two weeks we will receive very little new vaccine", she said. As a result, Moderna will test booster doses of its vaccine - including one that would be tailored to fight strains that have recently emerged.

There was no impact on the level of neutralizing antibodies for the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, meaning the company's vaccine was equally as effective against the United Kingdom variant as the original.

On Monday, Henry announced there were 1,344 new test-positive COVID-19 cases in BC since Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 64,828.

"Unfortunately, given the lack of vaccine allocated by the federal government to MA at this time, vaccine orders need to be capped going forward through February and until more vaccines are available", wrote Ferguson. "There is a dire need for Pennsylvanians to be able "sign up" to be notified of when they are eligible to receive a vaccine and where they can receive it".

The letter indicated the cap applied to people scheduled for new first doses, but not for second doses of the Moderna vaccine.

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Eighteen of the new cases were in Burlington, which has seen 2,107 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Humboldt County Public Health staff extended their condolences to the friends and family of these individuals.

"This weekend, unfortunately, we received additional information about holdups to the supply of the Pfizer vaccine that we were expecting to receive in the next few weeks", she said.

"As we seek to defeat the COVID-19 virus, which has created a worldwide pandemic, we believe it is imperative to be proactive as the virus evolves, " said Stéphane Bancel, Moderna's CEO. The first case was detected after a traveller arrived at Nanaimo Airport.

However, recently, a Pittsburgh-area Democratic lawmaker has also called out the state's vaccine rollout, and other area Democrats have started to join her. We will have more of our health-care workers under strain.

In a new study released this week, and funded by the International Chamber of Commerce, researchers said that vaccine inequality among nations could lead to more than $9 trillion in global economic losses, half of which would be borne by advanced economies, even if they vaccinated their entire populations.

Moderna reported mostly good news on Monday about two new variants of the coronavirus, though the Washington Post sees an "ominous" red flag in the mix.

There are 4,392 active cases of the virus in B.C., 328 people are in hospital, 68 of whom are in intensive care.

Principal deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Anne Schuchat told Reuters: "We are adding South Africa to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present that has already spread beyond South Africa".

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