By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 8, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Two COVID-19 vaccines appear to work well against a rapidly spreading coronavirus variant that arose in California, but less effective against a variant that first emerged in South Africa, researchers report.
“The good news is the California variant does not appear to be a problem for our current vaccines,” said study author David Montefiori, director of the Laboratory for AIDS Vaccine Research and Development at Duke University, in Durham, N.C.
“That’s important to know because this variant is now as prevalent in the U.S. as the U.K. variant, both of which appear to be more contagious,” he added.
For the study, researchers tested blood samples from people who had received either the Moderna vaccine now being used in the United States or a vaccine candidate from Novovax that’s expected to be considered for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)