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Covid Shots Should Get Omicron-Targeted Update, FDA Advisers Say

  • FDA advisers recommend variant-fighting update in 19-2 vote
  • Omicron strain and subvariants cause most of world’s cases
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Covid shots from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. should be updated to include components that target the highly transmissible omicron variant, the version of the virus that causes most of the world’s cases, US regulatory advisers said.

Members of the panel that advises the Food and Drug Administration voted 19-2 Tuesday in favor of recommending adding an omicron-specific element to the shots. The FDA doesn’t have to follow the recommendations of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, but it usually does.