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Novavax vaccine seems effective against COVID-19 in United Kingdom study

COVID-19 cases drop, but South Africa variant found in the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine of US Company Novavax Shows 89.3% Efficacy in Phase 3 Trial in UK
Patty Aguilar | 30 January, 2021, 07:00

Another vaccine against Covid, trialled in the United Kingdom and bought by the government, has been shown to be almost 90% effective and work against the United Kingdom and South African variants of the virus.

The highly transmissible COVID-19 strain has also been identified in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia.

A new coronavirus variant identified in South Africa has been found in the United States for the first time, with two cases diagnosed in SC, state health officials said Thursday.

The infections occurred at a time when Britain was experiencing a jump in COVID-19 caused by a more contagious variant.

Scientists have been even more anxious about a variant first discovered in South Africa that carries different mutations.

While some European countries do extensive genetic testing to detect these variants, the USA has done very little of this detective work.

Other African countries that have discovered the variant whose origin is Britain include Gambia and Nigeria, while research is ongoing to determine its severity on patients. Including the immune-compromised volunteers, overall the protection was 49 per cent, the company said. While genetic testing still is underway, so far about 90% of the COVID-19 illnesses found in the South African study appear due to the new mutant. Public health officials said it is nearly certain that there are more infections that have not been identified yet.

De Oliveira was among leading experts at a virtual media briefing hosted by the World Health Organization.

He said more variants of COVID-19 should be expected, but that there was no need for panic. A larger study in the USA and Mexico has enrolled slightly over half of the needed 30,000 volunteers.

The two cases don't appear to be connected, nor do the people have a history of recent travel, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said.

As new COVID-19 variants continue to spread in the US, the CDC projects another 84,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 over the next three weeks. But the Novavax candidate is made differently than the first shots being used.

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