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St. Jude/Who Virologist Says Vaccines Are Effective Protection Against The Covid Virus, With Some Providing Good Protection Against Variants | NEWS-Line for Healthcare Professionals

St. Jude/Who Virologist Says Vaccines Are Effective Protection Against The Covid Virus, With Some Providing Good Protection Against Variants


As COVID vaccines continue to rollout across America, there is widespread concern about their effectiveness against the variants currently circulating. Today, an interview from an online forum featuring Richard Webby, Ph.D, a faculty member in the Infectious Diseases Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the World Health Organization’s Influenza Vaccine Composition Advisory Team, was released on the St. Jude Progress Blog. Dr. Webby discusses the COVID vaccines during the interview.

“The good news is that some of the current vaccines’ effectiveness appears to meet the FDA criteria for approval, even against these variants. While the data is still coming in, we believe the vaccines will provide us some protection against the variants – those that are currently spreading and others we identify over time,” Dr. Webby said.

Dr. Webby is a leading, expert voice on the importance of getting the flu-vaccine with guest pieces in CNN, Newsweek, & FOX News. A world-renowned virologist, he is an often-sought-after source for on-the-record commentary by national, international and local media for expert advice and analysis on the spread of influenza and other contagious viruses.

“The bottom-line is everyone should get the COVID vaccine as soon as it is available to them. The less virus that is circulated in our communities, the less chance it has to sicken our most vulnerable neighbors and the less chance it has to continue to mutate and generate variants. Remember, once you are vaccinated continue the mitigation efforts including practicing mask wearing, social distancing and washing your hands. These are the things that have not only contributed to a low influenza season, but also will help control the COVID virus,” concluded Webby.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit stjude.org or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch

Source: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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