Health workers prepare Moderna Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine at Pacheco vaccination center. in Brussels Belgium On Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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Moderna said on Tuesday that the Covid-19 vaccine showed promise in laboratories against coronavirus strains, including the highly contagious delta variant that was first seen in India.
Two doses of mRNA vaccine produce neutralizing antibodies to the delta. as well as beta and eta They were the first species found in South Africa and Nigeria respectively, according to Moderna.
The company said the results were based on the blood serum of eight participants one week after the second vaccine. The information has not been peer reviewed. The results, though, are promising. However, it may not reflect the effectiveness of the vaccine in real-life situations compared to variables.
Moderna̵7;s shares jumped more than 6% in intraday trading after the lab results were announced.
Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, said: “We remain committed to the study of patterns. emerging Create data and share it when available. “These new data support and reinforce our belief that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should continue to protect against newly detected strains.”
Moderna’s update comes days after WHO officials urged people who have been fully vaccinated to wear masks. social distance and follow other pandemic safety measures While delta spreads rapidly throughout the world
It also comes on the same day. Moderna said the vaccine was licensed for use in India. It is assumed that the delta variable was behind the massive outbreak there.
Delta, which is now in at least 92 countries, including the United States. It is expected to become a widespread disease worldwide. in the United States The prevalence of stress doubles every two weeks.
WHO officials said Friday they are asking people who have been fully vaccinated to “Play it safe” because most parts of the world have not been vaccinated. And highly contagious germs like Delta are spreading in many countries. provoke an outbreak
The comments are a departure from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That said, Americans who are fully vaccinated can wear masks in any situation.
“People feel insecure just because they’ve been given two doses, they still need to protect themselves,” said Dr Mariangela Simao, WHO’s assistant director general for access to medicines and health products. said during a news briefing.
Vaccines licensed by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson have shown to be highly effective at preventing Covid, especially in the prevention of serious disease and death.
some vaccines including delta This makes the vaccine slightly less effective. and WHO officials said They worry that vaccinated individuals may become part of the transmission chain.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that about half of adults infected with the Delta variant outbreak in Israel had been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. urged governments there to re-impose indoor mask requirements and other measures.
in the United States President Joe Biden has warned that unvaccinated people are at particular risk of contracting Delta.
He said the deaths from COVID-19 Across the country, it will continue to increase as the spread of the “dangerous” variable calls it a “serious concern.”
“More than six hundred thousand Americans have died. and with this delta variable You know there will be others too. you know it will happen We have to get young people vaccinated,” Biden said Thursday at a community center in Raleigh, North Carolina.