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Omicron is urging scientists to rethink the need for accelerators.

As recently as last week, many public health experts vehemently opposed the Biden administration’s campaign to offer revaccination of the coronavirus vaccine to all American adults.

But the Omicron variant is starting to change all that.

Scientists don’t yet know for sure whether the virus is easier to spread or less vulnerable to the body’s immune response. But with dozens of new mutations, this variant is likely to elude vaccine protection to some extent.

Many experts who opposed boosters now believe that shots may offer better protection against the new variant. Additional doses can slow spread, at least buying time for vaccine manufacturers to develop a formulation specific to Omicron, if necessary.

“Based on what we know about the potential for immunity evasion, I would be wrong about giving a booster,” said Dr. Celine Gunder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center, who opposed the Biden administration’s boosters for everyone. … push.

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The administration is not waiting for scientific consensus. Alarmed by preliminary reports of Omicron, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that all American adults should receive a booster shot.

But broader support for boosters among academics could ultimately complicate efforts to deliver limited supplies of coronavirus vaccine to poor countries. The World Health Organization has been claiming for months that demanding extra doses in rich countries is depriving poor countries of the first doses they desperately need. The agency has not changed this position.

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