Data in a new clinical trial was consistent with real-world reports showing waning protection against COVID-19 infection during the Omicron wave in people who received vaccines and a booster.
The variant, nicknamed "Centaurus" on Twitter, was first found in India in early June, and has since spread quickly across a wide geographic area.
New study by Yale, UNC, shows that peak antibody levels achieved by getting vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine exceed those gained from natural infection.
Elderly recipients of the fourth dose of the vaccine were observed to be 67% less likely to be hospitalized than those who got the third dose.
Scientists at UT Southwestern have successfully developed a test than can "successfully differentiate between all current variants of the coronavirus."
The new variant has nine mutations on its spike protein and has spread to at least eight countries.
The amount of the grant will change depending on the turnover of the business in a base year.
If the public does not listen and implement this request, the government will soon consider making mask-wearing indoors mandatory.
The Health Ministry is considering bringing back a mask mandate in enclosed spaces, but does not intend to reinstate any of the large-scale restrictions seen during previous waves.
The study from King's is believed to be the first academic research to show Omicron does not present as great a risk of long COVID, but that does not mean long COVID patient numbers are dropping.