Prayer #330: For Research on the Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccines Against the New Variants
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch have just published findings in the New England Journal of Medicine related to the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines against the new COVID-19 variants. Even after this research, the level of protection that the vaccines give against these new mutations of the virus remains unclear, particularly with regard to the COVID mutation originating from South Africa, the B.1.351 strain. The studies indicate that this variant of COVID-19 may reduce the protective antibodies elicited by the vaccines by two-thirds. However, the investigations showed that the vaccines are still able to neutralize the virus in this newer form. But there is still no evidence in trials with people that the variant reduces protection from the virus.
Pray for the ongoing research that is taking place in many places to see whether or not the COVID vaccines are effective against the new variants. Pray for careful study and God's wisdom as researchers continue the process of establishing these important facts.
Ps. 64:10: "Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in Him."