No evidence current vaccines will fail against virus variants: Indian government

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The Health Ministry on Tuesday has confirmed that the existing coronavirus vaccines will work against mutated strains of the virus that have emerged from the United Kingdom and South Africa in recent months.

"Let's do it", Harris said as Patricia Cummings, a registered nurse, administered the shot in her upper left arm.

"That was easy! I barely felt it", Harris exclaimed after being injected.

The vice president-elect took a dose of the vaccine at United Medical Center in southeast Washington, DC and said her husband Douglas Emhoff would do the same.

Lebanon has secured about two million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, which will cover 20% of the country's nationals, the health minister said.

Speaking to media, Raghavan said so far it has not been found that the new variant increases the severity of the disease.

He said the changes in the coronavirus strains are not sufficient to make the vaccine ineffective since it stimulates our immune system to produce a wide range of protective antibodies.

EU starts COVID-19 vaccine campaign
In France, a 78-year-old woman received a shot at a hospital in a Paris suburb, becoming the first person in the country to do so. In Prague, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis received his shot at dawn Sunday and asserted: "There's nothing to worry about".

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her Covid vaccine live on television Tuesday and urged public trust in the process, while her choice of hospital highlighted the plight of the hard-hit African-American community.

"So I want to remind people that right in your community is where you can take the vaccine, where you will receive the vaccine by folks you may know", she said after receiving the vaccine manufactured by U.S. firm Moderna. "It is the scientists who created and approved this".

Amid mounting concerns over the fast-spreading variant of COVID-19 reported from the United Kingdom and South Africa, the government on Tuesday said there has been no evidence so far that the current vaccines will fail to protect against the new variants.

"I want to remind people that they have trusted sources of health and that's where they'll be able to go", she said.

President-elect Joe Biden was vaccinated live on television on December 21.

Harris received the vaccine as the Trump administration's rollout of vaccines across the country has lagged projection.

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