Future coronavirus variants could evade the COVID-19 vaccines, a health expert at Duke University recently warned.
- But a new mutation could spell doom for the vaccines, he said.
What he said: “We are seeing these new forms acquiring increased transmissibility and out-competing the earlier form,” he said. “We will continue to have omicron lineages that will evolve and hopefully not be able to evade the vaccines.”
- Montefiori told WRAL immunity will wane and different variants will become dominant. There’s a chance our immunity will drop when a stronger variant arrives.
- That’s why, he said, the vaccines need to be updated regularly.
Yes, but: The Duke health expert said that viruses often become less severe over time. And coronaviruses aren’t good at evading vaccines like the flu.
- “I think this virus is always going to be with us,” Montefiori said. “I think it’s going to be something we have to live with.”