India’s situation amid the coronavirus pandemic worries the entire world. While several countries have been rallying to help the country breaking records in contaminations, the world is also worried about the threat from the Indian variant, the double mutant said to have originated this boom in cases. Is there a vaccine strong enough to stop it?
This Wednesday April 28, 2021, BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin has hosted an online press brief. He was reassuring as for the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine on the Indian variant. “The Indian variant presents mutations that we have already studied and against which our vaccine acts, which makes us confident” he said. He also added the mRNA vaccine has been tested on over 30 variants and the immune response was enough, the German startup claimed.
For the record, the Indian variant has been detected in at least 17 countries, the World Health Organization announced. In India, the health crisis is such that an oxygen shortage jeopardizes hospitals. So far, the Indian variant has not been detected in France, it seems.