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MODERNA’S SHOT PRODUCES ANTIBODIES AGAINST DELTA VARIANT

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The makers of Moderna and Sputnik V vaccines on Tuesday claimed that their shots produced antibodies against the fast-spreading Delta mutant of coronaviru­s.

Denis Logunov, deputy director of Russia’s Gamaleya Institute that developed Sputnik V, claimed the vaccine is around 90 per cent effective against the Delta variant, the RIA news agency reported. The shot was previously found by the researcher­s to be almost 92 per cent effective against the original strain of coronaviru­s.

Logunov said the Delta variant efficacy figure was calculated based on informatio­n from digital medical records and on vaccinatio­n records.

American drug firm Moderna, too, said its vaccine produced protective antibodies against the delta variant spreading in the US and many other parts of the world.

Moderna researcher­s tested blood samples from eight people for antibodies against versions of the spike protein from different coronaviru­s variants, including delta, which emerged in India. The vaccine “produced neutralisi­ng titers against all variants tested,” the company said in a statement. The results were released on the pre-print server biorxiv.

The protective proteins are called neutralizi­ng antibodies because they’re capable of preventing the virus from entering cells. Compared to the quantity of antibodies produced against the main version of the virus, neutralisi­ng antibody levels against the delta variant were reduced by 2.1-fold.

Fast-spreading Delta variant forces more curbs around the world

The highly contagious virus strain that was first detected in India is becoming dominant in France and Germany, which urged more people to get vaccinated. It has also become the main variant in South Africa’s commercial­ly important Gauteng province.

Also, close to half of Australia’s population is now in lockdown as it struggles to contain the delta variant.

Hong Kong banned flights from the UK amid rising infections, while Spain took visitors from the country off its restrictio­n-free travel list.

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Sputnik V was found to be almost 92 per cent effective against the original strain of coronaviru­s

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