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Covid-19: Can Moderna vaccine help UAE fight Beta, Delta variants?.
Dhanusha Gokulan | Khaleej Times.
Filed on 2021-07-06 | Last updated on 2021-07-06 00:32:22

Biotech company Moderna recently said its mRNA Covid-19 vaccine is effective against several variants of the virus. Now that the jab has been approved in the UAE, most healthcare experts are hopeful it could help fight Delta and Beta, the two variants that currently account for the highest number of infections in the UAE.
On Sunday, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) announced the approval of the emergency registration of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. Prior to the approval, a strict assessment and clinical trials have been conducted.
Dr Prasanna Kumar, critical care specialist and intensive care unit in charge at Medeor Hospital, Dubai, said: “As per the latest studies, it has been found that the Moderna vaccine is highly effective in neutralising the Delta and Delta Plus variants, which are a matter of great concern for the world as many countries affected by these have re-imposed lockdowns. So, the approval for the vaccine in the UAE is heartening.”
As the Delta variant’s transmission rate is higher than the other strains, the primary threat would be the sudden spike in cases. “The use of the vaccine will help us contain the spread and protect the lives of people,” Dr Kumar said.
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