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8/22, 5:03 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Pfizer requests approval of Omicron booster shot in US

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE requested the authorization of its Omicron-targeting COVID-19 booster vaccine for use in Americans older than 12, as the country prepared for a new vaccination campaign ahead of winter.

The request was sent to the United States Food and Drugs Administration on Monday, with the White House expecting the approval to take place during September, after which Pfizer will be able to start vaccine shipping. The updated vaccine should protect both against the original coronavirus strain and the Omicron variant.

The United Kingdom became the first country to approve a vaccine customized to protect against the Omicron strain earlier this month.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / ND