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Question

Will the COVID-19 vaccines work against the new variant viruses?

Answer

Most researchers think the vaccines will still be effective against new variants.

This includes the two recent variations in the UK and South Africa. This will need to be checked in practice though.

Many viruses make small changes over time. This is just part of how viruses evolve. Although most changes are not important, they can sometimes make the virus easier to transmit.

This recent study also says that mRNA vaccines should be easy to modify if more difficult strains develop.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine might still overcome UK and SA variants.
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This is one of more than 45 questions about COVID vaccines. It was produced by and for people living with HIV.
Q&A on COVID vaccines: are they safe and effective?
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