The COVID vaccine developed by Moderna was administered to many people worldwide. But now, when a lot of countries are preparing to return to normal, without restrictions and masks, Moderna has an important announcement to make that may cause them to rethink their behaviour.
As fool.com reveals, Moderna held its fourth annual Science Day last week. The scientists raised the alarm, and Moderna’s announcement suggests that the pandemic is far from over.
New COVID-19 waves are on their way
Although many countries throughout the world are dealing with fewer and fewer COVID infections, according to worldometers.info, the horror could be far from over.
Melissa Moore, who is the chief scientific officer of Moderna, revealed what many scientists were afraid of:
As the virus spreads, it is rapidly mutating,
Some of these new viral strains appear to be even more transmissible than the original strain.
Moore also added:
We already know that some of these new strains are less susceptible to neutralization by our current vaccine.
The Moderna researchers have also concluded that there’s no use worrying about lower neutralizing antibody levels against several important coronavirus variants. This leads to a risk of reduced duration of protection against COVID. Some of the variants are more transmissible, which is why Moderna scientists believe that new epidemic waves are surely on their way.
According to Bloomberg, more than 1.94 billion vaccine shots for COVID were given across 176 countries. The latest rate was a staggering 34.7 million doses for each day. In the US alone, the world’s hardest-hit country by the COVID pandemic, about 296 million vaccine doses were given until now.