The four coronavirus vaccines being administered in the European Union appear to offer protection against the rapidly spreading Delta variant, the European Medicines Agency said on Thursday.
“Emerging data from real world evidence is showing that two doses of vaccines are protective against the Delta variant,” said the EMA’s head of vaccine strategy, Marco Cavaleri.
The four vaccines approved for use in Europe – made by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – also offer protection against the other strains in circulation.
The rise of the Delta variant in Europe, particularly in the UK, has fuelled tensions over how to manage the European Union's external borders.
At an EU summit last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised southern EU countries for allowing in Britons with few, if any, Covid checks.
Evidence suggests the Delta variant is 60 percent more contagious than the Alpha variant first found in the UK last year.
Its spread is threatening to curtail use of an EU-wide Covid travel certificate that came into force on Thursday.