Vaccines limited in ability to fight South African strain of Covid-19

Ragananthini Vethasalam

As the government continues its Covid-19 vaccination drive, scientific studies of the virus show that the South African variant – which has recently arrived in Malaysia – is particularly resistant to current vaccines in use. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 19, 2021.

QUESTIONS have arisen on whether vaccines developed for the original Covid-19 virus are effective against new strains, such as the South African B.1.351 and UK B.1.1.7 variants, which have now made it into Malaysia.

The questions come as the government rolls out phase two of the Covid-19 vaccination programme today.

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  • Congratulations Ragananthini and The Malaysian Insight. At least we now have a journalist and a media that reads the scientific reports.

    Posted 2 months ago by Ang Peng Wong