Omicron BA.5 Reaches 82% of US COVID Cases According to CDC

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Sub-option BA.5 or Omicron The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated on Tuesday for the week ending July 23 that the US accounted for 81.9% of circulating coronavirus variants.

This was higher than the 75.9% prevalence estimated the previous week.

BA.5 has caused a surge in new infections worldwide and has shown to be particularly good at evading the immune defenses provided by either vaccination or prior infection.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BA.5, OMICRON’S VACCINE-RESISTANT VACCINE

The data showed that the omicron BA.4 subvariant is estimated to represent 12.9% of circulating variants in the United States.

Omicron now accounts for the majority of coronavirus cases in the US.  Pictured, people wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up testing site in New York City on July 11, 2022.

Omicron now accounts for the majority of coronavirus cases in the US. Pictured, people wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up testing site in New York City on July 11, 2022.
(Reuters/Brendan McDermid)

US Food and Drug Administration asked vaccine manufacturers to target the two currently dominant sub-options for a potential fall season booster dose.

WITH OMICRON BA.5 SUB-OPTION DISTRIBUTION, THE WHITE HOUSE COMMITS TO ACCESS TO BOOSTERS AND TESTING

U.S. health officials are also calling on people aged 50 and over make a booster shotadding that it won’t stop them from getting another “bivalent” booster designed to more specifically repel Omicron later this year.