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Taiwan's Medigen mentioned in WHO's COVID booster shot debate

Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp. suggests strong immune response against delta strain after 3rd shot

Medigen vaccine in single-use syringe. 

Medigen vaccine in single-use syringe.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — At a World Health Organization (WHO) consultation on the need for COVID-19 booster shots, Taiwan-made vaccine Medigen was on the agenda.

As reports of COVID-19 breakthrough infections have increased across the world — including Israel, the United States, and some imported cases in Taiwan — the WHO has debated whether to administer a third dose to boost immune responses in the fight against variants.

A breakthrough infection refers to an individual who has received the full regimen of COVID-19 vaccine doses at least 14 days before being infected.

At the WHO discussion vaccine developers gave their perspectives on booster doses, among which Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp. (MVC) was listed next to six major developers. These included Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sinovac, and Bharat Biotech.

Medigen's profile indicates a stronger level of neutralizing antibodies against the delta strain 28 days after the third inoculation. Moderna reported that neutralizing antibodies against variants waned substantially by six months after the second dose but increased 43.6-fold against the delta strain at 14 days after the third dose.

Updated : 2021-09-20 03:13 GMT+08:00