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Dr. Fauci Just Gave a New Reason To Take COVID Vaccine

Do the vaccines protect against COVID variants? Yes, says Dr. Fauci.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab

We already know that the three COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson— are incredibly effective in preventing infection. When it comes to the original strain at least. One of the main concerns that people have is whether or not the vaccine will offer protection against the more highly transmissible, and sometimes deadlier, mutations currently circulating around the country. During Wednesday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases addressed these concerns with scientific evidence, offering an answer once and for all. Read on to find out if the vaccines protect against COVID variants—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

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The Bad News? The Variants Are Quickly Becoming Dominant

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During the conference, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that variants are quickly becoming dominant. "B.1.1.7 we know from our most recent data is about 26% of circulating virus right now," she revealed. "We are looking at it by region. It varies in region from four to 36 to 35 percent. And so we're watching this very carefully, but it is starting to become the predominant variant in many US regions." 

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The Good? The Vaccines Offer Protection Against Them

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Dr. Fauci treated viewers to a slide show, presenting data supporting vaccine effectiveness in preventing variant infection and a number of studies backing it up. "We are seeing now immune protection against COVID-19 variants when individuals have vaccinated against the wild type strain on two mechanisms: the antibody response that has a spillover effect, as well as the cross V activity."

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Bottom Line: Get Vaccinated

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Dr. Fauci then emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated, issuing a "bottom line" message. "It's so important to get vaccinated, because vaccination is not only going to protect us against the wild type, but it has the potential to a greater or lesser degree to also protect against a range of variants," he said. "So when vaccination becomes available, get vaccinated."

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Keep Doing Your Part in Ending the Pandemic

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So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.