NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The variety of new coronavirus instances is now rising throughout within the Tri-State Space.
On Tuesday, New York Metropolis reported 2,050 new instances. New York state reported 8,200 new instances, up from 3,400 a month in the past.
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There’s an identical enhance in New Jersey, the place greater than 4,100 new instances have been reported, in comparison with 3,200 final month.
In Connecticut, instances almost doubled final month to greater than 1,900 new instances reported Tuesday.
Within the midst of this, there’s some excellent news about battling the Omicron variant with a booster shot. A preliminary examine from Pfizer means that its booster vaccine might present safety.
As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez explains, the primary and most essential factor to recollect is that these are preliminary research, which means that they’ve but to be absolutely evaluated by exterior scientists.
Equally essential is that these have been laboratory research, which means that Pfizer measured antibodies in check tubes from folks after a booster shot and in contrast that to antibody ranges which have been proven to be protecting in real-world vaccinated folks.
That stated, the laboratory information point out a 3rd dose of the Pfizer vaccine will increase neutralizing antibodies by 25 occasions in comparison with two doses in opposition to the Omicron variant, however that two doses nonetheless assist struggle it.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that’s encouraging information.
“On the degree of safety, a minimum of from a laboratory parameter, that you just get if you get a 3rd shot increase, and even some safety that you could be get in opposition to extreme illness with simply two photographs, it actually is sort of good,” Fauci stated.
Much more encouraging, in accordance with Fauci, is that getting a brief sequence of photographs might imply that we gained’t want annual boosters to keep up immunity in opposition to many coronaviruses.
“You broaden the breadth and even perhaps the sturdiness of safety,” Fauci stated.
Pfizer additionally says that it’s persevering with to develop a selected vaccine in opposition to the Omicron variant, and expects to have it obtainable by March.
As a result of the Moderna vaccine and booster are virtually similar in make-up to the Pfizer booster, it’s believed Moderna will supply an identical degree of Omicron safety.
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Till then, the early information are but one more reason to get a booster shot now.
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