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Moderna says booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine appears protective vs. Omicron

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By Michael Erman (Reuters) -Moderna Inc said on Monday that a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be protective against the fast-spreading Omicron variant in laboratory testing and that the current version of the shot would continue to be its “first line of defense against Omicron.” The vaccine maker said the decision to focus on the current vaccine, mRNA-1273, was driven in part by how quickly the recently discovered variant is spreading. The company still plans to develop a vaccine to protect against Omicron and hopes to start clinical trials early next year, it said. Moderna’s …

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