Is it possible for the Covid Beta version to elude vaccine effectiveness? Experts are speaking up.
Experts have warned that the COVID Beta strain is on the rise, and that new travel laws are needed to protect the UK. Some researchers have suggested that vaccines may lose their effectiveness, perhaps leading to an increase in COVID-19 cases, which is adding to the concern.
COVID-19’s Beta form is now circulating in France and could represent a hazard in the United Kingdom. COVID-19 instances, including hospitalizations and deaths, were shown to be higher during the second wave, when the Beta variation was more prevalent than the Alpha form. The vaccine may now be less effective for this version, according to researchers.
Professor John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and a member of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told BBC Radio 4 Today: “The Beta variety has remained a concern throughout.
“It’s probably less contagious than the Delta form that’s now circulating in the UK. It has the advantage of being able to evade the immunological response to a greater degree.”
“As the population here grows increasingly immune, the conditions are ripe for the Beta variety to gain an advantage, so I understand the concern,” he continued.
“Of all the varieties that are known to exist, that one has always posed a threat to us.
There is some indication from South Africa that it can more effectively escape the immunological response induced by the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
A recent study discovered that the Beta version could evade antibodies obtained from people who had previously been exposed to COVID-19.
Antibodies are immunological proteins that bind to and neutralize external invaders such as viruses.
They are created as a result of a natural infection or a vaccine.
Because the Beta variation may avoid antibodies, experts warn that patients who have already been infected with the new coronavirus could get this new variety despite their immunity.
It’s also possible that existing vaccines will be ineffective against this strain.
Covid-19’s Beta form is now circulating in France and could represent a concern in the United Kingdom.
Even more concerning is evidence that it may be able to resist vaccine effects.
Because of the perceived threat to the UK, the government has decided to keep the travel restrictions in place for those travelling from France.
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