The new vaccines adapted to Omicron available from October 3

American biotech Moderna's vaccine, Spikevax, has also been adapted as a bivalent vaccine against BA.1.  this serum

THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP American biotech Moderna’s vaccine, Spikevax, has also been adapted as a bivalent vaccine against BA.1. This “Omicron BA.1” serum was approved in Canada as well as by the European Medicines Agency in early September.

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American biotech Moderna’s vaccine, Spikevax, has also been adapted as a bivalent vaccine against BA.1. This “Omicron BA.1” serum was approved in Canada as well as by the European Medicines Agency in early September.

COVID – The next generation anti-Covid vaccines, the so-called “bivalent”, arrive in France. The Minister of Health, Francois Brown, announced Tuesday September 27 on franceinfo that these booster doses of messenger RNA, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, will start to become available, “From this Monday, October 3.” This in pharmacies and vaccination centers.

Only “Frail people, people over 60 years of age, health professionals and people in contact with frail people” they will be eligible from 3 months after their last reminder, confirmed François Braun. These vaccines have been approved by the High Health Authority (HAS) on September 20, after the approval of theEuropean Medicines Agency (EMA) a few days before.

according to a release of Moderna published on June 8, 2022, the results of this new bivalent vaccine are promising. 437 people were tested, half of the people received the initial virus vaccine as a booster and the other half received an injection of this new bivalent vaccine.

One month after the injection, people vaccinated with the new strain would present antibodies 8 times higher than the others. According to the laboratory the vaccine “demonstrates (…) also a greater response against the Omicron BA.4/5 sublines” compared to the first generation vaccine.

Moderna’s Spikevax, only available at first

Regarding its ability to reduce the very strong contagiousness of this variant, “Nothing is certain at the moment but they could reduce the risk of transmission by 40 to 50%, which has not happened until now,” explained a few days ago HuffPostBruno Lina, virologist and member of the old scientific council. Professor Antoine Flahaut, director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Geneva, said he was cautious about “superiority” new bivalent vaccines versus the first formulas.

During the first days, only the 576,000 doses already received of Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine will be available in France. Several million other doses, including those from Pfizer, are expected by the end of October in France. Those specifically adapted to the BA.5, majority in France since June 2022shouldn’t be available before November. “No supply voltage” it is anticipated by health authorities as this recall is entirely optional and only open to certain audiences at this time.

Call to ” common sense “ in the masks

A successful campaign could then make it possible to break the eighth wavecurrently observed in Western Europe and which is beginning to be reflected in the number of hospitalizations and resuscitations recorded in France.

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The fourth booster dose is open to the most frail people and people over 60 years of age from mid-July. According to figures as of September 19 provided by Public Health Franceonly 36.4% of the French aged 80 years (47.8% of those eligible since the last injection) and 28.7% of those aged 60-79 years (34.2% of those eligible) received their second dose reinforcement.

François Braun also asked ” regain common sense to wear a mask :: “When we are on top of each other, it is more reasonable to put on the mask. When you are with a very fragile person, you put on the mask.recommended.

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