FDA panel to consider KP.2 subvariant for updated vaccine

Medpage Today June 4, 2024, 12:00 AM UTC

Summary: FDA staff recommends considering the KP.2 subvariant, now dominant in the U.S., for the next COVID vaccine. The advisory committee will vote on updating the vaccine formula for 2024-2025. Current vaccines show effectiveness against evolving strains, but waning over time. WHO advises a monovalent JN.1 lineage vaccine. FDA will consider recommendations for updated vaccines amid low uptake rates.

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