Vaccine 'not as effective but still the best defence' - News Summed Up

Vaccine 'not as effective but still the best defence'


Photo: Supplied via RNZThe Pfizer vaccine does not work "that well" against the new Omicron BA.5 variant but still offers the best protection, immunologist Professor Graham Le Gros says. The variant had managed to "shapeshift its spike protein" to be different to spike proteins in previous variants, Le Gros said. While the vaccine was not as effective against this strain, it was still the best defence, Le Gros said. This is going to go on and on unless we get a better vaccine." Le Gros is hopeful a vaccine will be made which only needs to be given to people once every five years.


Source: Otago Daily Times July 04, 2022 19:38 UTC



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