Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc are testing their COVID-19 vaccines against the United Kingdom’s new, fast-spreading strain of the virus.
In a statement to US broadcaster CNN, Moderna expects immunity from its vaccine to protect against the variants and is performing further studies in the coming weeks to validate it.
In Scotland, the number of confirmed cases of the new form grew to 18, most in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with some in Lanarkshire.
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According to the study, Pfizer said it is “generating data” on how well blood samples from individuals vaccinated with its vaccine “may be able to neutralize the new strain from the U.K.,”
There are several vaccines in production.
A new wave of hysteria in a pandemic that killed about 1.7 million people and infected more than 77.15 million people worldwide was triggered by the discovery of the new strain.
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The main problem is that 40-70 per cent more transmissible is the current version.
There is no evidence that the vaccines are actually being used in the U.K., researchers have said. Manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech or other emerging COVID-19 vaccines will not protect against this variant, referred to as the B.1.1.7 line.