COVID-19 vaccines effective against current variants, but new one may prove more difficult, Inglesby says

COVID-19 vaccines effective against current variants, but new one may prove more difficult, Inglesby says

博士. Tom Inglesby, Director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said Sunday that while 新冠肺炎 疫苗 continue to prove effective against the current variants, this might not continue to be the case if more variants emerge.

Inglesby downplayed concerns about recently discovered variants, particularly the South Africa variant which has reportedly displayed resistance to some treatments and possibly the vaccine itself.

What we’re seeing is that in the variant that was found in South Africa, at least in mild to moderate disease, some of the vaccine studies are showing diminished effectiveness,” Inglesby confirmed to福克斯新闻周日” 主持人克里斯·华莱士, while noting thatwe still have enough cushion with the vaccines that they will still be very effective at this point.

博士. Tom Inglesby, Director of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, speaks during a briefing on the developments of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, from medical and research staff from Johns Hopkins University on Capitol Hill on March 6, 2020 在华盛顿, 直流. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

博士. Tom Inglesby, Director of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, speaks during a briefing on the developments of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, from medical and research staff from Johns Hopkins University on Capitol Hill on March 6, 2020 在华盛顿, 直流. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Inglesby warned, 然而, 那 “it’s a message that’s saying this virus is evolving and could continue to evolve in ways that make it more dangerous – either more transmissible or more lethal.

Inglesby praised the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 然而, saying that it was an “惊人” development that provides a much-needed boost as the country pushes to vaccinate more people in an aggressive campaign.

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He also suggested that trials for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine accounted for the new variants – an element for which the earlier Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could not have tested – and that might have factored into the Johnson & Johnson vaccine’s lower efficacy.

The vaccine also appears to improve in efficacy as time goes on, reaching potentially 85% protection against all strains after 28 天.

The vaccine could help push schools to re-open. Experts point tocommunity prevalenceas the most important factor when considering whether or not to re-open schools, and more vaccines will help drive down that prevalence.

As long as the community prevalence of the disease around them is not overwhelming,” Inglesby said about school reopening. “And so that’s really encouraging news, but what we see is that schools that have resources can put those things in place, and many schools in the country have not been able to put those things into place.

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