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Coronavirus: Kent variant worse than South African strain

Coronavirus: Kent variant worse than South African strain

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Coronavirus: Kent variant worse than South African strain

The Government says the most immediate coronavirus threat in the UK is still the variant first identified in Kent rather than the new one from South Africa. Health Officials say vaccines given widely are effective against the Kent variant but less so against the South African strain.  However the jabs are still expected to prevent serious illness or death.

In the latest news briefing from Downing Street, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said his view that the Oxford vaccine and other vaccines would be effective at preventing serious illness.  He added, even if they were less effective at stopping infection altogether.

In the meantime, from today everyone over 70 in England who hasn’t already had their jab should contact the NHS.  Appointments can be booked by themselves online.

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