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What about the new COVID variants?

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


Gina Gregory-Burns, MD talks about the effectiveness of the COVID vaccines against the new variants.


So far, we believe that the vaccines are still effective against these new variants. What we believe about the new variants are they’re much more easily—they’re much more contagious than the one we’ve been dealing with, but we don’t really know anything different about it.

So far, it doesn’t seem to have a higher mortality rate. That seems to be the same. It doesn’t seem to have more, any more complications than the COVID-19 that we know. And so far, it seems to respond the same in terms of the vaccination, but like with all science we have to wait and continue to collect data.

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