Dr. Gregory Poland – The latest on the BA 5 Variant
Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, says the BA.5 variant is hypercontagious and is contributing to increases in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. A new study published in Nature found the variant was four times more resistant to messenger RNA vaccines than earlier strains of omicron. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines.
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