Two COVID shots effective against India variant: English health body

Marco Green
May 25, 2021

Downing Street said that only a small number of authorities had been involved and that the issue had been "quickly resolved".

Latest modelling suggested B.1.617.2 could be about 50 per cent more transmissible than B.1.1.7, although new data last week "implied it may not be that high", FT said.

The demand was sent via a letter on Friday, Reuters and AFP reported. "World Health Organization has not associated the term "Indian variant" with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in any of its reports".

"It has come to our knowledge that a false statement is being circulated online which implies that an "Indian variant" of corona virus (sic) is spreading across the countries".

But the discovery of a domestic transmission of the variant could complicate the country's efforts to tackle its worst outbreak so far.

In a foretaste of the potential embarrassment that may cause, Cummings, who has emerged as a vocal critic of the government since leaving his role late previous year, unleashed a series of tweets over the weekend criticizing the UK's response and claiming officials pursued a herd immunity strategy in the early days of the pandemic.

The PM said on Tuesday the "wall of defences" built up by the vaccination programme meant "I don't see anything conclusive at the moment to say that we need to deviate from the road map".

"But what I can tell you, and just to stress that I am still seeing nothing in the data that leads me to think that we're going to have to deviate from the roadmap - obviously we must remain cautious but I'm seeing nothing that makes me think we have to deviate".

"We have at least 100 people minimum positive for Covid in base camp, and then the numbers might be something like 150 or 200", he said.

The Indian coronavirus variant can be suppressed by vaccines that have already been put to use according to a study published on Saturday in England.

The B.1.1.7 variant, first reported from the United Kingdom, is also the most common one in the country.

Greece has confirmed a total of 389,804 infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

A nurse holding a bottle of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The CDC is reviewing several dozen reports that teenagers and young adults may have developed myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after vaccination, the New York Times said, citing CDC officials.

So far, there is no evidence that it causes more severe disease or renders the vaccines less effective.

The difference in effectiveness between the vaccines after 2 doses may be explained by the fact that rollout of second doses of AstraZeneca was later than for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and other data on antibody profiles show it takes longer to reach maximum effectiveness with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Despite the emergence of new variants, Boris Johnson has said he remains hopeful that England will be able to ease all remaining restrictions on June 21.

That compared with 93 percent effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 "Kent" strain which is Britain's dominant COVID variant.

Addressing fears that B.1.617.2 evades the vaccine effect, experts said that it is not complete evasion but lower protection if large populations have received only first dose.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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