COVID-19 vaccines not capable of stopping Delta variant transmission: UK Health Body

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Coronavirus Delta variant can escape vaccine protection (Image: Pixabay)
Coronavirus Delta variant can escape vaccine protection (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : In a major update, United Kingdom's health body has flagged early signs that COVID-19 vaccines may not be able to prevent the transmission of 'Delta' variant, Reuters reported.

According to the observation, vaccinated people can transmit Delta variant as easily as the ones who are not vaccinated till date.

The highly transmissible Delta variant, which was first detected in India, has now been reported in 135 countries. The variant is a dominant one and with the cases increasing in several nations, fresh set of restrictions have been applied.

“This may have implications for people’s infectiousness, whether they have been vaccinated or not,” the Public Health England said about its findings on transmission of Delta variant.

The observations by UK health body are similar to those of United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC, in July, said that coronavirus is as transmissible as chickenpox and warned that it is capable of escaping protection by the vaccines.

The CDC report reiterated, however, that vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalisation and death. In India, too, data on adverse events following immunisation showed that only 180 of the six crore people who received the vaccine died after taking the vaccine.