Udayavni Special

US vaccines effective against Covid variant found in India: Top Officials


PTI, May 19, 2021, 9:51 AM IST

 

Washington: COVID-19 vaccines that are available in the United States are effective against the deadly variant that was first detected in India, top US health officials said on Tuesday.

The B.1.617 virus variant, first identified in India last year, has been classified as a ”variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation.

“The modest neutralisation resistance to the 617 antibodies suggests that the current vaccines that we are all using that we’ve been speaking about would be at least partially and probably quite protective,” Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the chief medical advisor to the President told reporters during a news conference in Washington.

Making a presentation of his data and latest research on this issue, Dr Fauci said that both the variants B.1.617 and B.1.618, that have been identified in India, have been neutralized with only a 2.5 fold diminution in titer. “That’s well within the cushion effect of the capability to protect against infection and certainly against serious disease”.

“So, in summary, this is just another example of the scientific data accruing, literally over the last few days, indicating another very strong reason why we should be getting vaccinated,” Dr Fauci said.

Andy Slavitt, White House COVID-19 Senior Advisor said the vaccines that are available in the US are effective against the variant found in India.

“And it is all the more reason why it’s important for all of us, who have the opportunity to get vaccinated, to do so because we’ve seen the devastation that these variants can cause in other countries. And we should not feel that this can’t happen here,” Slavitt said in response to a question.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Karnataka to likely to reopen colleges after vaccinating all college students, teachers by July end, says Dy CM

White tiger: Vijayanagara Cong workers adopt Arjuna on behalf of RaGa

India records 54,069 new cases of COVID-19, 1,321 deaths in a day

Mumbai court temporarily restrains Kamaal Khan from posting videos, comments on Salman

MTB Nagaraj made Bengaluru Rural district in-charge Minister

B’luru: Woman trying to sell 1947 Rs 1 coin online cheated of Rs 1 lakh

Man held for duping TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty into getting Covid-19 jab at “fake” drive



Related Articles More

Delta variant now reported in 85 countries globally, expected to become dominant lineage: WHO

ISRO, NOAAA-led multinational project endorsed by UN body

Biden targets law-breaking gun dealers in anti-crime plan

All set for in-person extradition hearing of Tahawwur Rana in LA

India pushing for comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan amid reports of its contact with Taliban

MUST WATCH

Udayavani News Bulletin 23-06-2021

Food Crisis In North Korea

Bomb blast near Hafiz Saeed’s House

TERRORIST ENCOUNTER IN KASHMIR

Sanchari Vijay’s brother Virupaksha clarifies the rumors

Latest Additions

Woman gets over 150 Amazon packages by mistake

How business accelerators can help new startups succeed after COVID-19

Karnataka to likely to reopen colleges after vaccinating all college students, teachers by July end, says Dy CM

White tiger: Vijayanagara Cong workers adopt Arjuna on behalf of RaGa

India records 54,069 new cases of COVID-19, 1,321 deaths in a day

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.