COVID subvariants gain foothold in New England; Vt. case levels remain low
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Two new omicron subvariant strains continue to gain ground in Vermont and across New England, according to the latest numbers from the CDC.
Public health experts have cautioned that the new variants may be more transmissible and can bypass immunity from earlier omicron strains. They were first detected in South Africa where they swept through the country earlier this spring.
Moderna announced Wednesday that an updated version of its vaccine generated a strong immune response against the subvariants. The company is hoping for approval of the vaccine to roll out as a booster shot for the fall.
In Vermont, statewide community COVID levels remain low with a weekly case count of 785, a decrease from the previous week. There were 42 total new hospital admissions with COVID, an increase from the previous week.
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