EU watchdog approves vaccine targeting Omicron sub-variants
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The so-called "bivalent" jab, made by Pfizer/BioNTech, targets the highly infectuous BA.4 and BA.5 types of the variant and is the first of its kind to be approved within the 27-nation bloc.
"This recommendation will further extend the arsenal of available vaccines to protect people against Covid-19 as the pandemic continues and new waves of infections are anticipated in the cold season," the European Medicines Agency said.
The latest shot is aimed at people over 12 and who have already received at least one primary vaccination against the coronavirus, and it is an adaptive version of Pfizer's original Comirnaty vaccine.
European nations have been keen to rush through the new generation of jabs so they can start booster campaigns ahead of a feared Covid surge in the latter part of this year.