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Data On AstraZeneca Vaccine, South African Covid-19 Variant Should Come Soon: UK Expert

A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and U.Okay.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca is checked. (Gareth Fuller/Pool by way of AP)

Data on the extremely contagious COVID19 variant recognized in England don’t recommend that vaccines shall be much less efficient towards it, whereas information on the South African variant ought to be accessible inside weeks, a prime British vaccines skilled stated.

  • Reuters LONDON
  • Last Updated: January 13, 2021, 16:38 IST
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Data on the extremely contagious COVID-19 variant recognized in England don’t recommend that vaccines shall be much less efficient towards it, whereas information on the South African variant ought to be accessible inside weeks, a prime British vaccines skilled stated.

“We have the most data on the UK variant. That doesn’t suggest that it will be any less well protected against by the vaccine,” stated Wei Shen Lim, chair of Covid-19 Immunisation on Britain’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Asked particularly in regards to the South African variant, he stated that Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine trials had been performed in South Africa which was a bonus by way of information assortment.

“We’re told that very very soon, the Oxford and AZ trials may be able to examine in quite some detail whether their vaccine will protect against the new variant. I think that is a matter of weeks.”

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