COVID boosters effective against XBB variants: US CDC study – National

The updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer Inc/BioNTech and Moderna helped prevent symptomatic infections against the new XBB-related subvariantsoffering new evidence of how the vaccines perform against these fast-spreading strains, US officials said on Wednesday. Read more: XBB1.5: Here’s what we know about the ‘most transmissible’ COVID strain yet Read next: Feds eye bilateral health deals … Read more

At least 12 cases of XBB 1.5 COVID-19 subvariant now confirmed in BC

The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 XBB 1.5 subvariant continues to grow in British Columbia, with at least 12 cases documented as of Wednesday, the province’s health minister said. That’s up from the five cases confirmed last Friday, Adrian Dix said. And it’s likely a significant undercount. Read more: 21 cases of XBB.1.5. … Read more

BC health officials monitoring COVID subvariant ‘Kraken’ spreading in US, Asia

A new strain of the COVID Omicron variant has begun to spread in the United States. The subvariant named XBB 1.5and nicknamed the Krakenaccounts for about 40 percent of confirmed US COVID cases at this time, which is up about 20 percent from one week ago, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. … Read more