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AstraZeneca offers ‘high level of protection' vaccines vs variants

By Quian Vencel Galut

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The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can offer "stronger immunity” against multiple variants," said the company's country chief.

Lotis Ramin—AstraZeneca Philippines country president—stressed CNN Philippines' The Final Word that there is "as much as 92% reduction of risk of severe disease and hospitalization, for the highly contagious Delta variant.”

Some vaccines of the feared Delta variant (B.1.617.2; formerly the 'Indian variant’) is said to reduce the effectiveness.

As more coronavirus variants are discovered, the concerns on the existing vaccines’ efficacy get bigger and bigger.



On the other hand, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the public that all vaccines are still effectively assured, as the shots decrease a person's risk of having a severe COVID-19, or preventing it from dying.

According to Ramin, more than 15 million doses of AstraZeneca are expected to be delivered to the Philippines from now until early 2022..

The country already received more than 7 million shots, Ramin added.

Upon Thailand’s production issues, Ramin pointed out that the UK-based manufacturer is "working very closely with the government of Thailand, as well as other Southeast Asian governments" to make certain of the fair access of AstraZeneca's vaccines.


Report source: CNN Philippines