In this episode, Ayesha discussed the UK’s approval of Moderna’s next generation COVID-19 vaccine that targets both the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and the Omicron variant of concern. Hear more about the bivalent booster shot, including clinical trial data that led to its approval. Also, hear what Moderna officials have to say about the administration schedule of the new shot.
Ayesha also talked about National Immunization Awareness Month, which is marked every August in the US. Health agencies like the FDA and CDC are not only on the regulatory side of vaccines, but are also committed to helping raise awareness about the importance of vaccines among the public. As part of this, the health agencies suggest healthcare providers should ‘strongly recommend’ vaccines. Vaccine ‘catch up’ campaigns are also important now since other non-COVID vaccinations, including routine childhood vaccinations, have lagged during the pandemic.
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