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New Covid strain: Dubai's Pfizer jab offers protection, say doctors.
Nandini Sircar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-01-11 | Last updated on 2021-01-11 13:10:58
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Dr Gunjan Mahajan, a clinical pathologist at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai, said, “The findings from the in-vitro study conducted by Pfizer and the University of Texas are preliminary but reassuring as it indicates that the new strain of SARS-CoV 2 virus is not resistant to Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. The neutralisation activity found against isogenic viral strain developed on the genetic background of spike N501 Y mutated viral strain by Pfizer-BioNTech elicited human sera was in coherence with 15 different mutations tested earlier.”
 
Dr Mahajan added: “The study revealed that due to the mRNA nature of the vaccine, an update can be made if further mutations occur in the virus. However, we would need more data to validate these findings. The study did not include the entire set of spike mutations found on rapidly spreading viral strains.”
 
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Source: Khaleej Times