COVID-19 vaccine update

Dr Linda Calabresi

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Dr Linda Calabresi

GP; Medical Editor, Healthed

Dr Linda Calabresi

This week’s expert:
Dr Gary Grohmann, Virologist; Vaccine Manufacturing Expert; Former Director of Immunobiology and WHO ERL at the TGA, Office of Laboratories and Scientific Services

Drawn from Dr David Lim’s interview with Dr Gary Grohmann on the Healthed Podcast, ‘Going Viral’.

– Recent reports of new variants of COVID-19 should not cause concern. Mutation is a natural byproduct of replication. The coronavirus is an RNA virus and in general the mutation rate is higher in RNA viruses than DNA viruses, however the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 appears to have a lower mutation rate than most RNA viruses. We have had many variants of the COVID-19 virus since February 2020.

 

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