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Will A Coronavirus Vaccine Be Effective Against The New Mutated B117 Virus?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Coronavirus seems to always be in the headlines. Just when we thought that the struggle against coronavirus is about to end and the new year would mean the return of the old normal, COVID made a comeback in a new form- the B117 virus.

Will A Coronavirus Vaccine Be Effective Against The New Mutated B117 Virus? - PharmEasy

The new strain of the virus that emerged in the UK has spread to many other countries. Even though flights to the UK are not being operated, the virus has arrived in India too.

Naturally, this poses a question- will the coronavirus vaccine work against B117? 

Why is the mutated virus different?

The only difference between B117 virus and the other strains of COVID is that it is much more contagious. In fact, of all the different strains of COVID, this one has the highest percentage of transmissibility, which stands at 70%.

Why scientists think that the new vaccines will work against the B117 virus

The good news is that scientists across the world believe that the coronavirus vaccine will be effective against the B117 virus as well. 

Firstly, scientists have found that this virus does not have extra virulence. That means it is not more dangerous than the other strains of COVID. If a vaccine against the corona virus is proven to be effective, it may also be effective against the new strain of the virus. 

Most importantly, there is no change in the spike protein of the B117 virus. The spike protein determines how effective the coronavirus vaccine will be. 

Will India’s own COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin work against the new virus?

Ever since it was announced that India’s home-grown coronavirus vaccine- Covaxin by Bharat Biotech has been given emergency approval, it has met huge backlash. Scientists are doubtful about its efficacy because it has not yet completed the vital phase 3 trial. Moreover, its efficacy reports have not been published. 

Once this coronavirus vaccine completes the trials and scientists know more about its effectiveness, we can get a better idea of whether India’s COVID vaccine can prevent the B117 virus. 

So in the meantime, the best we can all do is observe COVID protocol and wait for the coronavirus vaccine to roll out. 


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