UK approves Pfizer bivalent Covid vaccine ahead of booster drive

The updated Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 jab will be given to care home residents in the United Kingdom and eventually everyone aged over 50 during the government's autumn booster programme. – EPA pic, September 3, 2022.

THE United Kingdom’s drug regulator said today it has approved an updated Covid-19 jab by Pfizer-BioNTEch targeting the original virus and a subvariant ahead of an autumn booster drive. 

The so-called “bivalent” jabs work for both the original virus that emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019 and the BA.1 subvariant of Omicron. 

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