Moderna Announces Step Toward Updating COVID Shots For Fall

Moderna hopes to offer updated COVID-19 boosters in the fall that combine the original vaccine with protection against the latest variant.

Now it’s reporting a hint that such an approach might work.

Before omicron struck, Moderna began testing a shot combining the original vaccine with protection against an earlier variant named beta.

The company says people given that test combo shot developed more antibodies capable of fighting newer variants — including omicron — than today’s regular booster.

Studies are underway to see if a combination shot that adds omicron-specific protection works better.