Coronavirus Variants Could Reinfect Recovered COVID-19 Patients - WHO

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  • Preliminary reports from South Africa reveal that people with prior COVID-19 infection could get reinfected with a new coronavirus variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) said
  • According to the organization's chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the current COVID-19 vaccines may also reduce the severity of illness caused by the variants
  • The vaccine trials done so far in South Africa and Brazil with different vaccine candidates have shown complete protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death
  • Swaminathan at the WHO briefing Friday emphasized the importance of fast vaccination rollout and adherence to public health measures to rein in the outbreak
  • The WHO says vaccination may decrease the spread of the new coronavirus variants