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Maryland promotes Boosters as Pfizer says they are providing effective protection against Omicron; State has not released new case data due to cyberattack

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Pfizer says three shots are better than two when it comes to combating the omicron covid variant and that “one boost shot neutralized omicrons in lab tests.”

It provided 25 times more protection than just two doses that “may not be enough to protect against infection.”

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Dr MIkael Dolsten, Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer, said: “With two doses, you can still protect against severe illness, but the reduction in antibodies is significant.

Dr Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s Emergencies Director, stressed on Wednesday that there was no indication yet that a vaccine would be any less effective at preventing serious illness with Omicron compared to previous variants.

“We have highly effective vaccines that so far have proven effective against all variants, of severe illness and hospitalizations,” he told French news agency AFP. “And there’s no reason to expect that it won’t,” said Omicron.

Ryan also points to fact information that originally came from South Africa, showing that while Omicron is highly contagious, it doesn’t seem to make people sicker than Delta or other strains: “If there are any what, the direction is less serious. ”

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In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan tweeted “thank you” to people for receiving their boosters.

More than 26,773 Marylanders received a booster shot in the last 24 hours alone.

Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader told WJZ: “A booster is the single most important thing you can do if you’ve been vaccinated to protect yourself.

At the moment, we don’t know how quickly cases are spreading in Maryland because of a cyber attack on the Department of Health. Most of the numbers have not been updated for the day.

City of Baltimore noted above Its animated dashboard, the data has not been updated since last Friday.

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The exception is hospitalization. 925 people are currently in hospitals statewide. That is the highest number since May.

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