No virus in doses, says Russell

Staff nurse Merewalesi Baba administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a Suva City Council employee during a vaccination drive at the Suva Civic Centre yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the virus, says pediatrician, epidemiologist and translation researcher and member of the World Health Organization pneumococcal conjugate vaccine expert advisory group member Professor Fiona Russell.

She said the AstraZenaca vaccine in Fiji was very effective against death and severe disease for the original Wuhan strain and the UK variant.

“As with the Pfizer vaccine, it is somewhat less effective against the India variant,” she said.

“Other vaccines are being tested all the time and we do not have all the data as yet but we will.”

She said all adults should get vaccinated because this was a very important protective measure against the India variant.

Prof Russell also clarified that there were no long-term effects of the vaccine.

“Health authorities around the world, including Australia, collect information about the adverse effects that occur after vaccination to detect any possible unexpected safety signals. There are no long-term effects.”

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