Fauci says New Data Finds COVID-19 Vaccines May Not Be Effective Against New Strains

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that early data shows that the COVID-19 vaccines on the market may not be as effective in protecting against the new coronavirus variants
  • A few strains of the coronavirus have emerged globally that have stirred up concerns among scientists
  • New coronavirus variants have been identified in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa, and have been shown to be more contagious than the previous strains
  • Scientists are quickly trying to identify how these strains affect the efficacies of vaccines and drugs that have been developed against the virus
  • Early findings reveal that the variant identified in South Africa, called 501Y.V2, can evade antibodies developed in response to some COVID-19 vaccines
  • Researchers say they will continue to study the nature and behavior of the new variants and tweak the COVID-19 vaccines to protect against them if necessary