Officials say they’re ready for BA.5 subvariant

What You Need To Know

    • Federal health officials stressed Tuesday they have the tools in place to manage the latest worrisome COVID-19 subvariant but called for all Americans to be up to date on their vaccines
    • The omicron BA.5 subvariant now accounts for an estimated 65% of all COVID-19 infections in the United States, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news briefing
    • While breakthrough infections happen, Walensky said vaccines have remained effective against severe disease with earlier omicron strains and “likely also for BA.4 and 5”
  • The White House on Tuesday announced its strategy, which includes ensuring easy access to vaccines, prescribing oral treatments at testing sites after someone tests positive, and continuing to provide free at-home tests and high-quality masks to the public

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