WATCH: UAB addresses coronavirus Delta variant in weekly briefing


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama Birmingham held a briefing to address the coronavirus Delta variant.

Dr. Paul Goepfert, professor in UAB’s Division of Infectious Diseases and the Alabama Vaccine Research United, discussed the COVID variants, specifically the Delta variant, and the need to increase vaccination rates in Alabama.

“The problem is that I suspect that this virus is going to mutate,” Goepfert, who helped develop vaccines, explained

“I should caution to say we have not seen that variant yet, the best way to not see is it to get everyone vaccinated. People who get infected with the original strain have less protection against some of these variants compared to those who get vaccinated.”

“It is very important that if someone has been infected they still get vaccinate,” he reiterated. “In fact, those who have had the original virus and get vaccinated have some of the best immunity.”

“If you want to do something to help your country get vaccinated. If you don’t care about your country then don’t get vaccinated,” he concluded.

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