The protection given by vaccines against severe symptoms and deaths caused by COVID-19 is retained even when ranged against the more contagious Delta variant, Food and Drug Administration director general Eric Domingo has said.
Domingo made the remark even as he the vaccines had reduced protection against symptomatic coronavirus disease caused by the Delta variant.
"Nakikita na kahit na bumababa nang kaunti yung sa Delta virus ang protection na-re-reduce nang kaunti against symptomatic disease... Yung protection against severe and death is retained," said Domingo.
He said that out of the 21 Delta variant cases in Philippine General Hospital, 15 were mild cases, one asymptomatic, one moderate, two severe and two critical.
Severe cases involved two unvaccinated people. Of the critical, one is unvaccinated while the other only got the first dose.
"'Yung fully vaccinated hindi nagkakasevere disease at hindi namamatay. Ang namatay ay partially vaccinated at unvaccinated," Domingo also explained.
The Department of Health has reported that deaths due to the highly infectious Delta variant rose to nine. Delta cases in the country reached 216, of which, 17 are active. —NB, GMA News