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Do the COVID-19 vaccines cover the delta variant?

Here’s what to know about the COVID-19 vaccines and the delta variant

Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine await recipients at the Central Davis Senior Activity Center in Kaysville on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Data so far suggests that vaccines are still working against the delta variant.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Do the current coronavirus vaccines cover the delta variant and offer protection? So far, it looks like that’s the case.

Do vaccines work against the delta variant?

The Wall Street Journal published a new analysis piece this week that offered some reassuring data about the vaccines and the delta variant.

The data so far suggests that vaccines are still working against the delta variant. For example, a study from the United Kingdom found that COVID-19 vaccines have been preventing severe illness from the delta variant so far — a welcomed sign as coronavirus cases continue to climb around the world because of the variant.

  • “The vaccines are as good as first heralded, even against new variants,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “That unvaccinated people are still being hospitalized underscores the continuing need to get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told NBC News that the COVID-19 vaccine is protecting people from the variants so far.

  • “If you’re vaccinated, you have a very high degree of protection from all of the variants that we are aware of circulating in the United States,” she said.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will stop the delta variant?

Pfizer and BioNTech said they are currently developing a COVID-19 booster shot that will specifically target the delta variant, according to CNBC.

  • The companies — which developed a third COVID-19 vaccine that they will seek approval for in the future — said this new shot would specifically fight off the delta variant, USA Today reports.
  • It’s unclear when this shot would be offered, especially since they have not started trials on the delta variant shot.