Scientific Explanation of Covid-19 Mutations Reduce Vaccine Efficacy

Merdeka.com – Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Vaccination of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said the public did not need to worry if there was a virus mutation from Covid-19 that could reduce the vaccine’s efficacy.

“The Mu variant is expected to affect the effectiveness of the vaccine. But there is no need to worry because there is already a study,” said Nadia in the ‘Healthy Broadcast for Preparedness for New Variants’ which was monitored online at Jakarta, Monday (13/9).

Nadia said, almost all vaccines will be affected by the presence of variants of Covid-19, both with the Alpha, Beta and Delta variants. This can happen because when the virus undergoes a mutation, the virus will naturally adjust or adapt to the situation.

There are four things that will happen from the mutation of the virus. He explained that the four things are the virus will turn out to be more virulent which will then have a faster infectious nature, the virus will increase in severity, further slow the response to treatment and affect the efficacy of the vaccine.

“The last thing is that it affects the vaccine’s efficacy. But it could also be that the mutation weakens itself by the virus. But of course what we have to be aware of is that the mutation causes the Covid virus to become malignant,” he said explaining the last thing that happened in the virus mutation process.

He explained that although the new variant could degrade or affect the vaccine, the vaccine was still able to provide protection for people who had been vaccinated.

“Even if it reduces or has an effect, the current vaccine still provides protection to us. So there is no need to hesitate anymore, we are sure that this vaccine provides protection to us even though there are variants or mutations of this virus,” he explained.

Government Spokesperson for Handling Covid-19 and Behavior Change Ambassador dr. Reisa Broto Asmoro said all types of Covid-19 variants can enter almost all organs of the human body.

“Unfortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can enter almost all of our organs. Because almost all of our organs have receptors, so where it attacks the most, it usually causes more severe symptoms there,” said Reisa.

He explained that these variants were not specifically related to a particular variant. But in general the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not only attack the lungs or respiratory tract, but can spread and affect various organs of a person’s body.

Seeing that viral mutations have dangerous risks, he suggested that the public immediately vaccinate so that they immediately form herd immunity, in order to prevent transmission and reduce the risk of death due to new types of variants due to mutations from Covid-19.

“So once again there is no need to be picky about vaccines. Use the vaccines that are currently available around us. Because the best protection we need is to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that group immunity is created,” said Reisa Broto Asmoro. As reported by Antara. (mdk/rhm)

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