Even as many individuals get vaccinated across the globe, the virus is still mutating and taking new forms. In Kenya, the Delta strain is now dominant and accounts for most of the new cases in the country. But the highly contagious and more deadly strain does not only affect the unvaccinated. Because of the probability of breakthrough illnesses, experts have conducting research to learn more about the vaccinated individuals who end up getting sick with the strain.
In a press briefing early last month, World Health Organization’s (WHO) scientist Soumya Swaminathan said there is information that vaccinated people have cases of infection with the Indian strain. She advised that these people should not be overly worried because most of these infections with the Delta strain are asymptomatic and mild.
Vaccination lowers people’s chances of severe hospitalizations with severe illnesses. Due to that, unvaccinated people are at most risk of having severe illness when infected with the Delta variant.
Based on current information from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer, the three vaccines are still giving protection against the Indian strain. A Public Health England (PHE) research has discovered that Pfizer is 88 percent efficacious against severe disease and 96 percent efficacious against death after two doses. Moderna reports a slight reduction in its neutralizing titrates against Indian variant when compared to its efficiency with the initial strains of the virus. Johnson & Johnson also reveals a slight drop in efficiency.
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