Covid19 : EMA – 2 doses of vaccine gives protection against Delta Variant
The European Medical Agency (EMA) on Thursday said that two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine seem to be protecting against the Delta variant of Covid-19. The EMA also said that ramping up the vaccination process especially for the vulnerable and elderly people remained an essential tool against the spread of the virus.
The EMA’s head of vaccine strategy, Marco Cavaleri, said the Amsterdam-based watchdog was “aware of concerns caused by the rapid spread of the Delta variant. “Right now it seems that the four vaccines approved in the European Union are protecting against all the strains circulating in Europe, including the Delta variant,” he said. Four vaccines are currently approved for use in the EU: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
But while the EU has been stepping up its vaccination programme, the WHO warned that cases are on the rise again after two months of decline. The WHO said the reversal came as the Delta variant was overtaking the original Alpha variant that emerged in Britain “very quickly”. The EMA’s Cavaleri said the regulator urged manufacturers to keep checking that their jabs were effective against all new variants of the disease including the so-called ‘Delta Plus’.