Expert: Vaccine will likely protect from British, South African variants

Former Health Ministry director-general Gabi Barbash says he believes the coronavirus vaccines will protect recipients from the British and South African variants.

“It is believed that the vaccine can overcome both the mutations,” says Barbash on Channel 12, where he serves as a resident expert on the pandemic.

“If not, if [the vaccine] proves a little less effective [against the latest mutations], it will take about six weeks to update it and manufacture [the updated] vaccine.”

Vaccines are routinely updated, he says. “The flu shot is updated every year.”

He also says it has to be assumed that the British and the South African mutations are having an impact in Israel.