Covid Variant Specific Vaccines

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Dr Rick Bright, a former health advisor to the White House reportedly told CNN on Friday that an “updated versions of vaccines to match variants are needed”, according to Jan 7 CNN daily Covid updates.

Dr Bright, who also recently coauthored one of three editorials published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), where they discussed a “new normal” strategy to cope with current pandemic.

We’re entering year three of this pandemic and we’re becoming increasingly convinced that this virus — the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid — is going to be with us for a very, very long time. It would be similar to what was seen with influenza after the 1918 and 2009 H1N1 pandemics, he added.

– Dr. Rich Bright (source: CNN)

“So our new normal will look like a future where we have SARS-CoV-2 but it’s not a panic, it’s not a crisis, it’s not devastating our public health infrastructure and our economy the way we see it today,” Dr. Bright added.

  • “I don’t think many people anticipated the virus would change as rapidly and as much as it has. So it’s a new virus, and we’re learning about it, but it has shown us that capability now, when it changed from the original strain to Alpha to Beta to Delta and now Omicron, so now we need to, with humility, respect this virus, understand its capability and use what we know about vaccines and stop the virus.
  • “I do think that they have been overwhelmed and they’ve been caught off guard by the virus as it changes. I think there’s a lot for the administration to try to tackle in handling a pandemic, and they need to acknowledge that there are other things that need to happen in parallel. They need to broaden their approach, use all the tools that we have together, and together we can stop this virus.”
The Washington Post: Fourth Vaccine Dose Could Be Needed In Fall, Moderna CEO Says

The chief executive of coronavirus vaccine-maker Moderna said Thursday that people are likely to need a second booster dose in the fall, with front-line workers and those 50 and older a particular priority as antibody levels wane. People who received booster shots this past fall are likely to have significant protection through winter, Stéphane Bancel said at a health-care conference hosted by Goldman Sachs. But he said the efficacy of boosters could dip by next fall: “I will be surprised when we get that data in the coming weeks that it’s holding nicely over time — I would expect that it’s not going to hold great.” – (Jeong and Suliman, 1/7)

Source: KHN Morning Briefing

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Jan 8, 9 a.m.) 639,717,695 doses have been distributed and 518,021,463 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Jan 5) a total of 8,825,025 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Jan 7) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,064,065 (out of 16,582,622 tested) with 10,766 deaths.