Health Canada has approved Moderna’s new COVID-19 vaccine, which targets both the original strain of the novel coronavirus and the Omicron variant.
A new shot, called a bivalent vaccine, approved by Health Canada, is designed to recognize a specific mutation in the spike protein of the Omicron BA.1 subvariant.
In a decision posted on Health Canada’s website, regulators said the new vaccine elicited a similar immune response against the original strain of the COVID-19 virus when compared to the previous version, according to Omicron BA. 1 variant elicits a significantly higher response, he said. of the Moderna vaccine.
The UK approved Moderna’s new vaccine two weeks ago, and the US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to Moderna and Pfizer Biontech’s Omicron Fighting Shot earlier this week.
The US-approved version covers strains of the newer and more popular Omicron variants than those submitted for approval in Canada.
Canada has already purchased 12 million doses of Moderna’s version of the Omicron vaccine. This includes converting some existing orders for the original Moderna vaccine so that a newly adapted version will be delivered instead.
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will hold a press conference on Thursday to discuss the importance of getting boosters.
Duclos has already hinted that the rapid deployment of a vaccine is critical to fending off another large wave of infections that could emerge in the fall.
The Omicron variant arrived in Canada in late 2021 and has been actively spreading ever since. The Omicron subvariant is currently the most common strain of this virus.
The National Advisory Board on Immunization recommends offering Omicron boosters to anyone over the age of 18.
If new shots are not available, the commission says booster shots of the original COVID-19 vaccine should be selected instead to ensure timely protection.
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