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Do the COVID vaccines protect against the new variants?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Ilan Shapiro, MD talks about the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines against the new variants.

The thing that is actually happening with the UK variant, South African variant, the Brazilian variant, the California variant, and the other ones are cooking around, they are more and more and more virulent. They jump from one person to another faster. Then that creates a problem because it’s a time management problem. We need to be faster than the virus in order to stop this because the only promise that the virus will do is that it will mutate. It will change. And if it changes right now, we know that there our vaccines actually work against them a little bit more, a little bit less, but still protecting us against from going to a hospital and actually dying. But, if we continue like this, there’s no promises.

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