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NIAID is preparing for the possibility of future variants evading protection against currently available COVID-19 vaccines.
An NIH-sponsored study assessed boosters for adults fully vaccinated with any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Older and immunocompromised people and those with underlying health conditions could benefit most from additional shots.
None of the available coronavirus vaccines have been linked to increased risk of HIV acquisition or disease progression.
Many people who received any of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are now eligible for an additional dose of their choice.
People who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had strong immune memory of SARS-CoV-2 six months after vaccination.
Natural immunity and vaccine responses may be weaker in people with immune suppression, so they should get their second dose promptly.
Another vaccine, from Novavax, was 89% effective in a U.K. trial, but both were less potent against the South African coronavirus mutation.
A slow vaccine rollout and the emergence of new coronavirus mutations threaten progress in reducing new cases and death.
The technology used in COVID-19 vaccines may also be used to prevent other viral infections and to treat cancer and multiple sclerosis.
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