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Third Pfizer-BioNTech Dose Is Key to Fight Omicron’s Spread

  • Two shots alone generate few antibodies vs variant, tests show
  • Omicron-targeted shot expected by March, companies say
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Pfizer CEO Says Third Dose ‘Will Do the Job’ on Omicron
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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said initial lab studies show a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine may be needed to neutralize the omicron variant, results that will accelerate booster-shot drives around the world and may lead to use of new strain-specific vaccines. 

Company researchers observed a 25-fold reduction in neutralizing antibodies that fight the variant, compared with the original strain of the virus, in people who got just two shots. However, boosting with an additional shot of the vaccine restored protection to a level similar to the initial two-dose regimen, the vaccine partners said in a statement