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Study: Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be less effective against delta variant

In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. |

WNYT Staff
Created: July 21, 2021 03:21 PM

A new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine suggests the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may be less effective against the delta variant.

The researchers analyzed blood samples from people who received one of the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

They found the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was less effective against the delta and lambda variants and scientists say it "could result in decreased protection".

The study authors suggest this may mean those who got the single-dose vaccine may need a booster from either the J&J vaccine or one of the MRNA vaccines to increase protection against the variants.

It is important to note that this study has not yet been peer-reviewed, nor published in a medical journal.

The chief financial officer from Johnson & Johnson told CNBC Wednesday that the results were based on blood samples in a lab and may not reflect the shot's performance in a real world setting.

The company also says a smaller study showed the vaccine did offer protection against the delta variant.

The study authors also say the antibody levels from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were slightly affected by the delta variant, but they should still hold up.


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