As of July 19, 2022, health officials advised that adults in the U.S. who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 consider getting the Novavax non-MRNA vaccine, a more traditional type of vaccine. Regulators authorized the vaccine, the first non-protein-based one against COVID-19 the previous week, but the final thing to happen was an endorsement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (commonly known as the CDC).
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In contrast, the Novavax injects copies of the spike protein that were created in a lab into one’s system, and the body reacts to it like a virus. Large-scale studies done in Mexico, Britain and the U.S. found that two doses of the Novavax vaccine were 90% effective in mitigating symptomatic COVID-19. Last summer, a booster dose was found effective in revving up antibodies against variants.
Side effects are on the milder side, although heart inflammation, a rare risk, has been found mostly in teen boys and men.
A two-dose series is recommended, with the second dose given three weeks after the initial one. Since production delays slowed down the Novavax vaccine’s rollout, its effectiveness against the latest variants is still being tested, but experts are confident to endorse it.
The Maryland-based company is working on a booster, and hopes in the health community are high about it being approved within the next five months, so people who need it can get it in time for it to be most effective. Use in teens is also being explored.
The U.S., along with several companies, have already ordered shipments of the vaccine for adults to get shortly. Like other manufacturers, Novavax is continuing to test the vaccine’s effectiveness against new variants and strains of COVID-19 to offer the most helpful product to people to take charge of their health—and COVID as a whole.
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