Fauchi: “Corona” discovered in South Africa threatens antibody therapy
Wednesday – 30 Jumada I 1442 AH – January 13, 2021 AD
The chief infectious disease expert in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci (Reuters)
Washington: “Middle East Online”
The new virus strains that were first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa caused some concerns among scientists who say they are highly contagious, although they do not appear to be more deadly compared to previous strains, according to what was reported by the American “CNBC” channel.
So far, health experts are seeing no evidence that new mutations reduce the effectiveness of vaccines currently in use. However, there is concern that the mutated virus discovered in South Africa, known as 501Y.V2, may be more resistant to antibodies.
Fauci said that through discussions with health experts in South Africa, preliminary data showed that there is a “greater threat” posed by this new strain of virus that can disrupt some of the protection provided by antibody therapy.
“This strain could have some effect on protecting monoclonal antibodies and maybe even the vaccine … We don’t know that,” he added, explaining that researchers in NIH laboratories and across the country are quickly trying to determine the potential impact of the strain discovered in South Africa.
Fauchi said, “People ask me, ‘Are you worried about that?'” And he answered, “These are not the things that I am worried about, but are among the things that I take very seriously.”
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