Might 21, 2021 — The COVID-19 vaccines approved to be used in the USA and Europe supply safety in opposition to the 4 major coronavirus variants recognized to exist, a World Well being Group official says.
“All COVID-19 virus variants which have emerged to this point do reply to the obtainable accredited vaccines,” WHO European Regional Director Hans Kluge stated Thursday at a information convention.
Kluge stated the B.1.617 variant now killing hundreds of individuals day by day in India, the place it was first detected, is of particular concern.
That variant has unfold to all six WHO areas and has been detected in 26 of the 53 nations within the WHO European area. Most instances are linked to worldwide journey, he stated.
“It is ready to unfold quickly and displace the B.1.1.7 variant that has turn out to be the dominant lineage in Europe,” he stated.
Kluge emphasised that whereas many individuals haven’t been vaccinated but, all variants might be managed with public well being and security measures, akin to masks and social distancing.
“In the interim, we are able to say that each one the 4 variants do reply to the vaccines made obtainable, as of as we speak,” he stated. “However one of the best ways to counteract [spread] is to hurry up the vaccination roll-out.”
The opposite variants are those first detected in Brazil (P.1) and South Africa (B.1.351).
Luge stated the vaccination program is bringing down COVID numbers within the WHO European area, with case counts lowering 60% in a month. However he warned in opposition to letting our guard down.
“This progress is fragile. Now we have been right here earlier than. Allow us to not make the identical errors that have been made