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Dr. Fauci Just Said Whether Vaccine Can Protect You Against COVID Variant From India

Here’s what the science says.

In December 2020, it was first revealed that COVID-19 had mutated. In the following months, a number of variants have been identified, popping up in different parts of the world. Now that over 60 percent of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, many are wondering if it will protect them against new variants that arise. At the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed these concerns. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.

COVID Vaccine Is Protecting You Against These Variants

Dr. Fauci revealed "recent data that has accrued over the past couple of weeks" supports the vaccine's effectiveness in protecting against the variants. "In this paper from the New England Journal of Medicine from a couple of days ago, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine showed that they neutralized SARS-COV2 variants," he explained. 

"Namely these variants, the New York variant, the California variant, the variant that's dominant in this country, including the E484K variant remained susceptible to neutralizing antibodies with only a minor diminution in its capability. In addition, if you look at the Moderna vaccine again in another study that came out just two days ago, individuals who were vaccinated with the mRNA, including elderly individuals, maintained binding and functional antibodies again against a wide range of variants." He added that the "capability of neutralizing and binding" lasted for greater than six months and possibly up to 209 days. 

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COVID Vaccine Is "Quite Protective" Against Variant From India

As for the 617 variant from India, "the modest neutralization 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," he pointed out. So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

Leah Groth
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