Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2022. 1:54 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: A study by Columbia University revealed that the Omicron BA.5 subvariant, now dominating COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is more resistant to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Yahoo reports.
Dr. Gregory Poland, who leads Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group says that the sub-variant is “hypercontagious”.
“Whether you’ve been vaccinated, whether you’ve been previously infected, whether you’ve been previously infected and vaccinated, you have very little protection against BA.5 in terms of getting infected or having mild to moderate infection,” Poland stated.
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The study noted that the BA.5, and another newer omicron subvariant BA.4, were “substantially” more resistant to antibody protection offered by the COVID-19 vaccines.
Currently, BA.5 makes up more than 65% of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted.
However, health experts continue to remind the public that vaccines provide good protection against severe illness.
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