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Moderna to Ask FDA to OK Omicron-Specific Booster

Moderna Inc. plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize an omicron variant-targeting booster vaccine "in the coming weeks" following data that suggests the booster is comparable to the original vaccine — and better at fighting omicron.

The Cambridge biotech has been working on a multipronged booster strategy since November, when the omicron variant of the coronavirus first emerged. Moderna tested out its original vaccine, a new vaccine that specifically targets omicron and a bivalent mixture of the two.

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Last month, during an earnings call, executives said they believed the bivalent vaccine would be the best way forward and announced plans to have it ready for distribution this fall.

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