Fauci says omicron-specific vaccine is not yet needed because booster shots will protect

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "vaccines alone will not get any country out of this crisis" during a news conference on Dec. 14

Dr. Anhony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that an omicron-specific coronavirus vaccine is not needed at this time because early data indicates existing booster shots bolster disease-fighting antibodies, The Washington Post reports.

The vaccines should be able to provide protection — although somewhat diminished — particularly against severe illness, Fauci said.

“Our booster vaccine regimens work against omicron. At this point, there is no need for a variant-specific booster,” Fauci said at a White House coronavirus briefing. “If you are unvaccinated, you are very vulnerable — not only to the existing delta surge we are experiencing, but also to omicron.”

Fauci reviewed a slew of data from the past week showing that antibodies spawned by two doses of messenger RNA vaccines — the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots — lose their potency against the omicron variant.

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