The world remains in a state of pandemic due to COVID-19! The appearance of some variants has made it difficult to “attack” the virus, but vaccines have helped to control the spread.
According to virologist Pedro Simas, no variant has so far broken the protective effect of the vaccines.
COVID-19: There has been an increase in cases of the Delta variant…
Virologist Pedro Simas told Lusa today that, so far, there has not been a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 that "breaks the protective effect" of vaccines against covid-19, stressing that they are all effective at preventing serious illness and death.
The statement came after being asked about the increase in cases related to the Delta variant, associated with India. It should be noted that there has been an increase in cases in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region and in hospitalizations, with some cases of people who already had the first dose of the vaccine.
The virologist from the Molecular Institute of the University of Lisbon stated that "it is very rare for a person to be vaccinated, have immunity and contract the infection, whatever it is, and die", explaining that he has to have other health conditions, such as a disease very serious chronicle.
As for the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Pedro Simas said that “there is a slight increase”, which is normal due to the lack of confinement, but that the numbers are “very small”.
Pedro Simas recalled that 43% of the Portuguese population is vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose of the vaccine that "is sufficient to provide cellular immunity, which protects against severe disease and death". If you add to this 43% the approximately 15%, doing “the bottom line”, of people immunized naturally, because they contracted covid-19, Portugal is almost with “58% of population immunity”.