Covid-19 Vaccine and Variant

The coronavirus vaccine has recently been released to the general public. It requires two doses of the vaccine. The first serves the purpose of helping the body recognize the virus and getting it’s immune system ready. The second shot is for strengthening that immune response. But like all vaccines, it is not full proof. 

According to Fox News, 4 individuals who had gotten their vaccines 2 weeks prior to the test, a “breakthrough” coronavirus was detected in them. They stated, “‘Such cases are not unexpected,’ the news release said. ‘Clinical trials of both vaccines presently in use included breakthrough cases. In those cases, even though the participants got COVID-19, the vaccines reduced the severity of illness.’”

Recently, the number of cases of Covid-19 has been dropping. But the spread of the variants is mostly evening it out. “We’re definitely on a downward slope, but I’m worried that the new variants will throw us a curveball in late February or March,” said Caitlin M. Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.It is important to spot regions where variant strains are turning up, he said, since they would be the most likely to have early surges. Thus far, the variant that has been prevalent in Britain and a new variant have been found most often in Southern California and Florida, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases are slowly declining in both regions. But it’s “still too early to tell,” he said.”

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