January 21 – Scientists at Oxford University are preparing to quickly develop a new vaccine to fight against the more infectious variant coronavirus found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, according to Reuters quoted the British Daily Telegraph on the 20th.
Previously, some scientists said that vaccines such as Pfizer Oxford may not work on variant viruses.
Citing a confirmation from Oxford University, the report said that a vaccine research and development team composed of Oxford University and AstraZeneca is conducting feasibility studies to reconfigure the vaccine technology.
Previously, scientists said after studying the variant novel coronavirus found in South Africa that the variant may be more resistant to the multiple coronavirus vaccines currently on the market, and vaccines such as Pfizer Oxford may not be effective against the variant virus.
In addition, BioNTech said it plans to publish a more detailed analysis within a few days on the possible impact of the vaccine on the variant coronavirus found in South Africa.AstraZeneca, Modena and CureVac NV are also testing whether their respective vaccines can prevent the rapid spread of the virus.
According to AFP on the 20th, the World Health Organization said that at least 60 countries have found a variant novel coronavirus, the first of which first appeared in the United Kingdom.
Subsequently, South Africa, Brazil and other countries also announced the emergence of variant novel coronavirus.