The latest on the coronavirus variants from New York and California

Even if a vaccine isn’t a 100 percent match to the circulating variants, it can still help prevent infection and disease, said Ilhem Messaoudi Powers, PhD, the director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Virus Research. … “The immunity generated to the spike protein encoded by the vaccine will provide some immunity and allow our immune systems to tweak the response generated by the vaccine to be a better match for the virus we actually encounter in the event of an infection,” Messaoudi Powers said.