BREAKING NEWS: Moderna says people who received its Covid vaccine last year are nearly TWICE as likely to get a breakthrough infection compared to those who got the shot recently
- New data from Moderna found 88 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 of those fully vaccinated between December 2020 and March 2021
- Comparatively, there 162 breakthrough cases among those vaccinated between July 2020 and October 2020 during clinical trials
- Moderna says these data suggest the need for boosters, which are being developed by the firm
Moderna Inc says people who received its COVID-19 vaccine last year are nearly twice as likely to get a breakthrough infection compared to those recently vaccinated.
Breakthrough cases occur when people contract the disease 14 days or more after receiving their final dose of the shot.
New data published on Wednesday found 88 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among Americans vaccinated from December 2020 to March 2021.
Comparatively, there were 162 cases – 1.8 times as many – among those vaccinated between July 2020 and October 2020.
‘The increased risk of breakthrough infections in…study participants who were vaccinated last year compared to more recently illustrates the impact of waning immunity and supports the need for a booster to maintain high levels of protection,’ said Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel in a press release.
‘We hope these findings are helpful as health authorities and regulators continue to assess strategies for ending this pandemic.’
New data from Moderna found 88 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 of those fully vaccinated over summer 2021 compared to 162 cases among those vaccinated between December 2020 to March 2021. Pictured: A vial of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, April 7
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