Covishield and Covaccine effective on sub-variants of Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta Corona

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New Delhi
The government has placed the alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants of the corona virus in the category of Variants of Concern. The reason is that these variants are more infectious and they have the potential to dodge the vaccine as well. However, it is a matter of relief that both the vaccines made in India, Covishield and Covaccine, are effective against all these variants. The government has claimed this. The government said on Friday that the Kovishield and Covaccine vaccines are effective against alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants of the coronavirus, while trials for the delta plus form are still underway. There are 4 variants of the corona virus – alpha, beta, gamma and delta anxiety variants, while the delta plus associated with delta is also a concern variant. Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava said in the press conference that there is a lack of vaccine’s capabilities to eliminate different variants. He said that Bharat Biotech’s covaccine is completely effective on the alpha variant. He said, ‘Covishield decreases 2.5 times with alpha. Covaccine is effective in the delta form but the antibody response is reduced by up to three times whereas for Covishield, the reduction is twofold, while in Pfizer and Moderna the reduction is sevenfold.’ Bhargava said, ‘However, Covishield and Covaccine are effective against the forms of corona virus – alpha, beta, gamma and delta.’ Referring to the Delta Plus form, he said that it is now present in 12 countries. He said that 48 cases have been reported in 10 Delta Plus states in India and they are very local.

[Attribution to NBT]

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