Vaccines are effective against new strain of covid-19, experts say

December 20, 2020 – 03:30 pm
2020-12-20 By:

AFP

Covid-19 vaccines are effective against the mutated strain detected in the United Kingdom, European experts were quoted as saying by Germany’s Health Minister on Sunday.

“For all we know so far, and after the discussions that have taken place between experts from the European authorities,” the new variant of the virus “has no impact on vaccines” which remain “just as effective,” he said. Minister Jens Spahn to the public television channel ZDF.

“It would be very good news,” added the minister, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

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Experts from the European Union, together with representatives of the German health surveillance authority (RKI) discussed the issue on Sunday, a source from the German Ministry of Health told AFP.

The mutation of the virus has been observed especially in Great Britain and has led many European countries to suspend flights from that country.

This variant of Covid-19 is considered potentially 70% more contagious than the previous one.

This Monday the European Medicines Agency must meet to, in principle, approve the first vaccine to be used in EU territory, the one developed by the Pfizer-BioNTech laboratories, already used in several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

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