AstraZeneca vaccine booster shot efficient in opposition to Omicron


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(Reuters) – A three-dose course of the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca (NASDAQ 🙂 is effective against the Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said Thursday, citing data from an Oxford University laboratory study.

The study, which had yet to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, showed that after the booster, antibody levels to Omicron were higher than those in people who had contracted COVID-19 and had naturally recovered from it.

After taking three doses of the vaccine, neutralizing levels against Omicron were similar to those against the Delta variant of the virus after two doses, the company added.

The Anglo-Swedish drug maker said the Oxford University researchers who conducted the study are independent of those who worked with AstraZeneca on the Vaxzevria vaccine.

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