US President’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday claimed that the currently available booster shots offer considerable protection against the Omicron variant and do not need to be replaced by a new, modified version of COVID vaccines.
During a White House Covid update, Dr. Fauci said, “Our booster vaccine regimens work against Omicron.” “At this point, there is no need for a variant-specific booster,” he clarified. Furthermore, Fauci said that the protection from the two-dose vaccine against infection has fallen to 33% as compared to 80% before the emergence of Omicron. However, two doses are still 70% effective at preventing hospitalization in omicron patients in South Africa, he adds.
That said, a booster shot has become the need of the hour. Whether a variant-oriented shot is needed or not is yet to be seen and considered.