The Head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens at the University of Ghana, Professor Gordon Awandare, is urging the government to consider the procurement of Pfizer vaccines to combat the new COVID-19 strains.
Two cases of the new strain known as Delta Variant from India has been recorded in Ghana. If you look at the new variants that we have had (South African variant and the Indian variants) and look at the data from all the other countries, the Pfizer vaccine seems to be the one that is able to have a more reliable effect on these variants.”
Experts say although the AstraZeneca and Sputnik-V vaccines are effective, their Efficacy to fight the new strain in minimal. In terms of all these levels of protection (deaths, hospitalization), the Pfizer vaccine seems to do better against these new variants.
In an interview with Citi News, Professor Gordon Awandare said procuring the Pfizer vaccines puts the country in a better position to fight the new variant.
Prof. Awandare also called for strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols to avoid a spread of the highly contagious new variant.
“It is not too different from the normal COVID in terms of the clinical presentation. It means that if the original COVID-19 infected ten people for each infected person, this will infect maybe 17 or 18 people. The good thing is that the same protocols will work. It is about how we strictly adhere to those protocols.”
Source: Citi news
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