News Sparks: Moderna Booster Shot Showing Good Results on Omicron; Manhattan Street Named After Shimon Peres; and More News

News Sparks: Moderna Booster Shot Showing Good Results on Omicron; Manhattan Street Named After Shimon Peres; and More News

Moderna Booster Shot Showing Good Results on Omicron

Moderna’s booster shot against Covid-19 is showing good results in fighting the new Omicron variant of the deadly virus, the company said, with results showing that a half dose booster shot of the vaccine increased antibodies 37 times, while a full third dose increased immunity by 83 times, when comparing blood levels for the same number of people who only received the initial two shots.

The lab study was done on 40 people, with 20 receiving the half dose booster shot, and another 20 receiving the full amount. 

“The dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant is concerning to all. However, these data showing that the currently authorized Moderna COVID-19 booster can boost neutralizing antibody levels 37-fold higher than pre-boost levels are reassuring,” Moderna’s CEO, Stéphane Bancel, said of the results.

Manhattan Intersection to be Named after Israeli President Shimon Peres

An intersection in Manhattan’s Upper West Side will be named after former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres, after the New York City Council approved nearly 200 new street names recently, JTA reported.

Shimon Peres served as Israel’s Prime Minister from 1984 to 1986 and from 1995 to 1996. He also served as President from 2007 to 2014. He died at the age of 93, on September 28, 2016. 

Anti-Israel Candidate Wins Presidential Election in Chile

Gabriel Boric, the newly elected President in Chile, once nearly rejected a gift of honey given to him by Chile’s Jewish community, writing that he appreciated the gesture but “they could have asked Israel to return illegally occupied Palestinian territory."

He also called Israel a “murderous state” during a meeting with the Jewish community, and signed a statement supporting a Palestinain State, after meeting with a pro-Palestinian leader in Chile, Jerusalem Post reported.

President Trump Booed for Saying he Took Vaccine Booster

Former President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he took the Covid-19 vaccine booster shot recently, and got booed by a crowd of supporters for doing so. The former President is on a “History Tour” with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, and revealed the news to a large crowd, video of the incident shows. Trump then told the crowd not to boo, claiming “it’s a very tiny group of them.”

Trump then took credit for getting the vaccine under way in record time, and urged the crowd to support vaccination efforts, adding that those doubting the vaccine are playing “right into their hands,” before asking the crowd if they agree, and receiving a huge applause for it. 

New York Sets Record, Again, with Covid Positivity Numbers

For the fourth day in a row, New York state set another record with confirmed Covid cases. Gov. Hochul said on Monday that 23,400 new cases were confirmed overnight. She also revealed that Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the state’s top health official, has also tested positive, even after receiving a booster shot.

"It's not March of 2020. It's not even December of 2020. Just to keep things in perspective, it is milder than delta," Hochul said of omicron. "We are avoiding a government shutdown because we now have the tools available to all of us -- vaccinations, booster shots, masks -- particularly for the variant we're dealing with.”

"We are keeping our schools open," Hochul added. "Let me repeat that: We are keeping schools open."

Photo by:  Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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