(AP) – Pfizer says a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine appears to offer important protection against the new omicron variant.
Pfizer and its partner BioNTech tested how well vaccine-produced antibodies could neutralize omicron in lab dishes.
They found significant weakening after the standard two doses. But a booster dose increased antibody levels by 25-fold.
The companies said two doses still may protect against severe illness, but they are working to develop an omicron-specific vaccine in case it’s needed.
They announced the findings Wednesday in a press release.
The data is preliminary and hasn’t undergone scientific review.