(CNN) – Moderna biotech announced Monday that preliminary data indicates that a half-dose of a booster increases antibody levels against the omicron variant compared to levels observed when a fully vaccinated person does not receive a booster dose, and the booster increases antibody levels even more. .
Currently, a Moderna booster is given at a dose of 50 mcg. The company’s announcement indicated that its 50-mcg booster increased antibody levels 37-fold and a 100-mcg booster dose increased antibody levels 83-fold compared to levels seen before the booster.
It’s not clear what these increases mean in terms of how well clinically enhanced doses of Omicron will work.
But in the company’s statement, CEO Stephan Bancel described the data as “reassuring.”
“The massive increase in omicron variant COVID-19 cases worries us all. However, these data showing that a currently licensed Moderna covid-19 booster can increase neutralizing antibody levels 37 times higher than pre-booster levels, She is reassuring.” Bancel said in the ad.
“To respond to this highly transmissible variant, Moderna will continue to rapidly develop a specific omicron booster candidate in clinical trials if needed in the future. We will also continue to generate and share data through our supportive strategies with the authorities. To help them make evidence-based decisions about the best SARS-V vaccination strategies. CoV-2″.
SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the coronavirus that causes covid-19.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32% of fully vaccinated adults have received a booster dose so far. Separately, Moderna and other vaccine manufacturers said they are also working on various booster vaccines.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the Covid-19 booster vaccines could help improve protection against the omicron coronavirus variant, and there was no need for a specific booster dose at this time. virtual conference.
“A lot of studies have been done across the country and around the world to see how we can prepare in the context of vaccines,” Fauci said.
Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, added, “The message remains clear: If you haven’t been vaccinated, get a vaccine.” “And especially in the omicron area, if you’re fully vaccinated, get a booster shot.”