COVID-19 vaccines could provide protection against serious illnesses even as coronavirus variants evolve to allow continued transmission between people, Oxford Vaccine Group head Andrew Pollard said on Wednesday.
When asked how effective Oxford / AstraZeneca will be against new variants, he said, “They are making changes that will allow them to avoid human immune responses so they can keep transmitting.”
“So that means that over time the virus is likely to find ways to adapt so it can continue to be transmitted between people,” he told BBC TV.
“But that doesn’t mean we don’t have protection from serious illnesses … The virus is much more about allowing the virus to survive than trying to harm us.”
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