The main manufacturers of vaccines against COVID-19 In the West, including Americans Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, reported Friday that they are already testing the effectiveness of their products against the new variant discovered in South Africa.
Pfizer and his German partner Biotechnology They released a statement explaining that their laboratories are already analyzing this variable to determine if their vaccine (one of the most widely used in the United States and European countries) might need some kind of “Modification”.
for this part, modern He cautioned that the mutations observed in the variant are “worryingHe explained that he will test several booster doses of his vaccine to see what the reaction is.
Johnson & Johnson, which markets its vaccine in Europe under its subsidiary Janssen, has indicated that it is already testing the effectiveness of its product “Against the rapidly spreading new form identified in South Africa.”
Also American Novavax And the British AstraZeneca They said they were analyzing the effect of their vaccines against this new alternative.
In parallel with European Medicines Agency (EMA) considered Friday.Baby born prematurelyTo predict whether it is necessary to adapt covid-19 vaccines ‘with a different composition’ to meet the new variant, about which information is still available.Insufficient“.
“If a new mutated variant is shown to evade immunity and spread rapidly in places where the delta variant predominates (now), it would be appropriate to start activities related to the upgrading of vaccines,” European agency recognized.
Detecting the variable in South Africa It worries the scientific community because it presents a mixture of more than 30 mutations, although some of them have already been observed in other variants, such as beta, this is the first time they have been seen together.
Concerns have led to many countries around the world, including European UnionTo close air traffic coming from southern countries Africa, Especially South Africa and Botswana.
United States, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, Austria, Israel These are some of the countries that have temporarily suspended travel or announced that they will impose restrictions.
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