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Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant was estimated to make up 81.9% of the coronavirus variants circulating in the United States during the week ending July 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday ( US CDC)
This was higher than the prevalence of 75.9% estimated in the previous week.
BA.5 has been driving a surge of new infections globally and has proven particularly good at evading the immune protection provided by vaccination or previous infection.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BA.5, OMICRON’S VACCINE RESISTANT VARIANT
Omicron’s BA.4 subvariant was estimated to make up 12.9% of the variants circulating in the United States, the data showed.
The US Food and Drug Administration has asked vaccine manufacturers to target the two currently dominant sub-variants for a possible booster dose for the fall season.
WITH THE PROPAGATION OF THE OMICRON BA.5 SUB-VARIANT, THE WHITE HOUSE COMMITS TO ENSURE ACCESS TO DRIVERS, TESTS
US health officials are also urging people 50 and older to get a booster shot, adding that doing so would not prevent them from receiving another “bivalent” booster designed to fend off Omicron more specifically later in the year. this year.