Modern’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton said on Sunday that his company was preparing to give large amounts of its vaccine booster against omicron and other COVID-19 variants this fall.
“We are confident that by the fall of this year we will have large quantities of the new booster vaccine that will protect against Omicron and other variants,” Burton said in an interview on CBS ‘”Face the Nation.”
Last month, Moderna announced that the new bivalent COVID-19 booster syringe was more effective against all variants than the company’s current coronavirus vaccine.
The company has said it expects preliminary data on its omicron-specific vaccine to be available in the second quarter of this year.
Burton also made a general push on Sunday for people who have not already done so to receive their COVID-1[ads1]9 booster.
“People are now qualified to be boosted. I would definitely recommend it, he said on Sunday.
Also on Face the Nation, a former member of the Trump administration’s White House coronavirus working group, Deborah Birx, called on the United States to step up preparations for a potential COVID-19 increase over the summer, citing increasing numbers in South Africa.
“Each of these waves is about four to six months apart,” she said of the South African outbreaks. “It tells me that natural immunity is declining enough in the general population after four to six months for a significant increase to occur again. And this is what we need to be prepared for in this country.”
As of Saturday, the United States reported 23,349 daily COVID-19 cases, well below more than a million daily cases seen during the omicron outbreak in January.