BREAKING: Dr Fauci claimed - Covaxin found to neutralise the 617 variant of Covid-19.
Covaxin, India’s home-grown Covid-19 vaccine, has been found to neutralise the 617 variants of the deadly virus, White House chief medical adviser and America's top pandemic expert Dr Anthony Fauci said here.
Dr Fauci said, "This is something where we're still gaining data daily. But the most recent data was looking at convalescent Sera of COVID-19 cases and people who received the vaccine used in India, the Covaxin. It was found to neutralise the 617 variants".
"So, despite the real difficulty that we're seeing in India, vaccination could be a very, very important antidote against this," Fauci added.
Covaxin is developed by Bharat Biotech in partnership with the National Institute of Virology and the Indian Council of Medical Research, Covaxin was approved for emergency use on January 3. Trial results later showed the vaccine has an efficacy of 80 per cent.
Responding to a question, Dr Andy Slavitt, White House Covid-19 Response Senior Advisor, said "We are making sure that we are locating some of the raw materials necessary to create more vaccines in India, which I think is going to be an important help there,"
This should amount to around 60 million doses or so over the next two months, he added.
"The AstraZeneca vaccine is highly safe and effective and approved in many parts of the world, and since it is not approved for use in the US, we do not need to use the AstraZeneca vaccine here during the next few months," Slavitt said.