- The Therapeutic Good Administration approved two updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna in early October.
- The vaccines are already available in the United States, with the EU and UK’s drug regulators also approving them.
- The Australian Technical Advisory Group will further assess the vaccines before they’re made available in Australia.
The European Union and United Kingdom’s drug regulators also granted approvals around the same time.
Why aren’t the new vaccines available yet?
“Any updated ATAGI advice, including availability of XBB vaccines, will be communicated with providers and the public as soon as possible.”
“So while XBB.1.5 might not be the dominant sub-variant at the moment, the sub-variants that have come into existence are quite closely related to it,” said Griffin, an infectious disease physician who works at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, the University of Queensland, and research organisation the Nucleus Network.
Australia in its next COVID wave
“The summer waves tend to be, thankfully, not as impactful as winter waves,” Bennett said. “So when we have our winter waves, we don’t fare as well as some of the countries in the northern hemisphere in the summer, and the reverse will hopefully happen now.”
The Department of Health and Aged Care spokesperson said that between 9 October to 5 November, Australia’s genomic surveillance system AusTrakka — which public health laboratories across the country use to share their genetic sequencing data — reported that 84 per cent of sequences belonged to the XBB sub-lineage, with EG.5.1. the main sequence identified.
Do I need a COVID booster?
It says the booster shot should be administered at least 6 months after their last dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
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