16.01.2023

Adapted COVID-19 variant vaccine

An upgrade in Corona vaccines? There is! In Austria, the COVID-19 vaccine adapted to the Omikron variants BA.4/BA.5 has been available since the end of September. It is usually administered as the 4th Corona vaccine. In this video, molecular biologist Martin Moder explains how effective the adapted variant vaccine is and exactly how it works, based on current scientific data.

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Sources:

England - continued protection from severe courses:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1115385/Vaccine_surveillance_report___week-44.pdf

Neutralizing antibodies after BioNTech BA.4/5 vaccine:
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2022/11/17/2022.11.17.516898.full.pdf

USA - protection against infection by adapted vaccine:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/pdfs/mm7148e1-H.pdf

Additional links:

Another bivalent variant vaccine was added to the COVID vaccine portfolio in mid-January 2023. "Spikevax bivalent Original/ Omicron BA.4-5" from Moderna available at vaccination sites throughout Austria. More here:
https://gemeinsamgeimpft.at/updates/neuer-variantenimpfstoff-2301

More on variant vaccines and boosters here:
https://gemeinsamgeimpft.at/updates/gecko-update-nov22

Foto von Martin Moder mit Lego-Corona-Virus

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