On Friday, Biontech/Pfizer’s adapted vaccine arrived in Austria, which is also designed to protect against the BA.1 omicron variant.
Seven hundred fifty-seven thousand doses of Biontech and Pfizer’s bivalent coronavirus vaccine arrived in Austria on Friday. The Health Ministry announced that the vaccine is an adapted version of the original Comirnaty vaccine that additionally targets Omikron BA.1. The vaccine was delivered in the past two days, APA reports.
After months of testing, the EU’s EMA gave the green light last week. Hopefully, this vaccine will also be more effective against the omicron sublines currently circulating. According to studies, the adapted variant vaccines achieve a 50 percent higher antibody level than earlier preparations. In addition, the EMA is also reviewing new vaccines against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants.
Rauch appeals for booster vaccination
Delivery to vaccination centers in the federal states is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) appealed to get a booster in the coming weeks: “Vaccinations are one of the most important measures to ensure that we get through the fall and winter well. The new vaccines now have additional resources to protect the population from severe corona disease.”
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