The AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines are not effective against the most contagious Covid-19 variant, originating from India, which has been detected in Ghana recently.
This was disclosed by the head of the West Africa Center for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens, (WACCBIP) of the University of Ghana, Professor Gordon Awandare.
Prof. Awandare confirmed to Joy News that the Indian variant, also known as the Delta variant, is one of the forty-five (45) variants of COVID-19 which are currently in Ghana.
“Overall we have about 45 or 46 different variants…Now that the Delta (Indian Variant) is taking over, it’s just a matter of time before it will come here in large quantities. We have a few here but it’s going to increase,” Professor Awandare explained.
The Indian strain has caused huge spikes in India, and a serious increase in cases in the UK despite the fact that large sections of the population in those countries are vaccinated.
To this end, Professor Awandare urged the government to immediately enforce the COVID-19 preventive protocols to stem a potential spread of this deadly variant.
In addition, he added that the controls at the Airport must be tightened to stop more importation of the variant.
“Now we have to be looking at the right vaccines. All this while, we’ve been fixed on AstraZeneca and Sputnik V but we have to shift towards more of Pfizer and others which have a better chance of protecting against this variant. Because the future is, we are going towards these aggressive variants”, he suggested.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified this coronavirus variant, first found in India last year, as a “variant of global concern” due to how fast it spreads.