Lab data suggests new COVID booster will protect against worrisome variant

“It is reassuring,” says Dr. Dan Barouch, who conducted one of the studies at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

When it was first spotted, BA.2.86 set off alarm bells. It contains more than 30 mutations on the spike protein the virus uses to infect cells. That’s a level of mutation on par with the original Omicron variant, which caused a massive surge.

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US lab tests suggest new Covid-19 variant BA.2.86 may be less contagious and less immune-evasive than feared

“Two independent labs have basically shown that BA.2.86 essentially is not a further immune escape compared with current variants,” Dr. Dan Barouch, director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and leader of one of the labs, told CNN.

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U.S. Moves Closer To Biden’s July 4 COVID-19 Vaccination Goal

U.S. COVID-19 cases have dropped 95% since January. At least 65% of adults have had a least one vaccine shot. President Biden aims to have 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one shot by July 4. See Article



Unfortunately, there are no actively enrolling trials at this time.

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