Vaccines still effective vs new Delta sublineage – expert

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COVID-19 vaccines will still work against the new Delta sublineage, despite it being reportedly 10% more transmissible than the original Delta variant, an infectious disease expert told CNN Philippines. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — COVID-19 vaccines will still work against the new Delta sublineage, despite it being reportedly 10% more transmissible than the original Delta variant, an infectious disease expert told CNN Philippines.

"Ang AY.4.2, ang sublineage ng Delta na 'to, ang mutation nandoon sa spike protein, hindi doon sa area na ang primary target ay nakakaapekto sa bakuna, so hindi naaapekto ang mutation na 'to doon sa Delta variant kung bakunado ka," Dr. Benjamin Co said on CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend on Saturday.

[Translation: The mutation of the AY.4.2 sublineage of the Delta variant is on the spike protein, not on the area whose primary target affects the vaccine so the mutation will not affect you if you are vaccinated.]

The new sublineage has reportedly driven up a surge in coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom.

Co said the UK's spike in infections may be due to relaxed mask-wearing protocols in indoor spaces, as well as rising cases among school-age children. He added that other European countries are not concerned about the sublineage.

"There is no other variant of concern as terrible as the Delta variant for now," Co said.

The Department of Health said it has not yet detected the Delta sublineage among the samples it sequenced in the country.