Moderna says new COVID booster effective against subvariants

Moderna on Monday announced its updated, bivalent booster shot creates “significantly higher” antibody levels to defend against the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants compared to the biotechnology company’s original shot formula. The subvariants until recent weeks made up the majority of cases nationwide, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that share … Read more

White House still expects new COVID boosters will offer better protection, but two new studies cast doubt

The White House’s top COVID-19 official says he still expects the protection against the Omicron BA.5 variant offered by the new COVID vaccine boosters will be better than their predecessors, despite two studies that appear to question that assumption. In an interview with CBS News, Dr. Ashish Jha also said he does not think another … Read more

Moderna Stock Takes Off on Cancer Vaccine News

Moderna stock shot up after Merck said it is exercising an option to work on a personalized cancer vaccine with the Covid-19 vaccine maker. Merck (ticker: MRK) will pay Moderna (MRNA) $250 million for the joint development and future commercialization of the vaccine, which is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials. The two companies had … Read more

FDA authorizes bivalent COVID boosters for younger children

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday announced it has amended its emergency authorization of the bivalent COVID-19 boosters to include children between the ages of five and 11. The FDA’s decision grants Moderna’s request for authorization to administer its bivalent booster to children as young as six and grants Pfizer’s request to administer … Read more

Half of public say they’re uninformed on new COVID boosters: survey

A new poll released on Friday found that half of U.S. adults say they know little to nothing about the recently authorized bivalent coronavirus booster doses almost one month after they were made available. The data from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s (KFF) COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor found that a minority of people said they knew “a … Read more

Health Care — Moderna seeks green light for kids’ omicron booster

D.C. soccer fanatics can now legally drink nearly all day during the FIFA World Cup after the D.C. Council passed a new bill this week.  Today in health, Moderna has asked the FDA to authorize its omicron-specific booster shot for children as young as 6. The shot is currently authorized for adults only.  Welcome to Overnight Health … Read more