The Washington Post reports:
Andy Slavitt, White House senior adviser on the coronavirus response, said vaccine-producing companies plan to update their shots to address variants of the virus. During a Washington Post live interview Thursday, he said the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines “work well for” the most prominent variant spreading throughout the United States, which is the one first identified in Britain.
He said that while the vaccines appear less effective against the variants first identified in Brazil and South Africa, they do produce some antibodies. He said the vaccine-developing companies are set to continue to “update” the shots. “Each of the vaccine companies have plans to continue to update their vaccines, and if need be, create boosters down the road if there continue to be additional mutants, as there likely will be,” Slavitt said.
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