Do the available vaccines offer protection against the new strains of COVID-19?

Emerging data seems to suggest that the current vaccines protect against the new variants. However, definitive studies are still under way to determine whether the vaccines currently being used will protect against the new variants.

A small in vitro study showed that antibodies from people given the BNT162b2 (Pfizer) vaccine were able to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 variants with the N501Y mutation (this was not the UK variant B.1.1.7, which had more mutations). It seems very likely that the other vaccines will result in the same findings, based on expert opinion.

Date: 
Thursday, March 18, 2021
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