Moderna top scientist expects shot to shield from British, South African strains

Chief Medical Officer at Moderna Tal Zaks says he believes the vaccine will protect recipients from the British and South African variants.

Zaks, in an interview with Channel 12, also warns against delaying the second dose of the vaccine, as Britain and other European countries have decided to do.

“I wouldn’t do it,” he says.

He also counsels against mixing the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Zaks, who is Israeli, says he was vaccinated last week. So was his mother in Israel — albeit with the Pfizer vaccine, he says. “Pfizer beat me on this,” he says.