Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Moderna begins testing booster shots against variants

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Moderna is now testing out its potential COVID-19 vaccine boosters for protection against emerging variants.

The pharmaceutical company says 60 people who have already been given the Moderna vaccine will get the booster shot.

The Moderna vaccine was shown to provide protection against virus variants.

However, it did show a decrease in the antibody response from the variant that originated in South Africa.

Twenty people will receive a booster dose designed to address the variant.

Another 20 people will receive a larger dose of that same booster.

The remaining 20 will receive a booster that combines the original vaccine with the new booster to provide a broad immune response.

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