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South African vaccine adviser backs Pfizer shot after study

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South African vaccine adviser backs Pfizer shot after study

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19th February 2021

By: Reuters

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One of the South African government's top advisers on Covid-19 vaccines said on Friday that the Pfizer-BioNTech shot was "still a very good vaccine," despite a study showing the dominant local virus variant may reduce protective antibodies elicited by it.

Barry Schoub, chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on vaccines, told Reuters that the two-thirds reduction in protective antibodies mentioned in the study "means there is quite a significant remnant neutralising potency".

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