Coronavirus – first data shows impact of vaccine on transmission

The first data show what influence the Covid-19 vaccine has on the transmission of the virus.

The data released at the last Downing Street press conference were welcomed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock as evidence of the success of the UK vaccination strategy.

Mr Hancock said evidence now showed that those who lived with someone who had been vaccinated had a 30 percent lower risk of contracting the virus.

“Vaccines save lives,” he said.

“They’re not just safe – they make you safe.”

Mr Hancock said about nine in ten people around the age of 70 have coronavirus antibodies thanks to the vaccination program.

He told the press conference, “About 90% of people age 70 and over at this point (early March) had these antibodies and they have progressed in the two weeks since then.”

Mr Hancock said this is why deaths in the UK are “falling so rapidly”, a third less than last week, before a new PHE publication was discussed on the vaccine’s effects.

“After a single dose of one of the two vaccines, protection against Covid-19 is around 60%, that is, before receipt, protection against hospitalization is around 80%, and protection against death is around 85%,” he said.

If you live with someone who is vaccinated, you have a 30% lower risk of getting Covid-19, he added.

This afternoon, the government announced that within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, an additional 141 people had died, bringing the total to 125,831 in the UK.

Separate figures released by the UK statistics agency for deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, as well as additional data on deaths that have occurred in the past few days, show that there are now 148,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the UK 19 gave.

The government also said there had been an additional 5,758 laboratory-confirmed cases in the UK as of 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

It brings the total to 4,274,579.

Government data through March 16 shows that of the 27,032,671 shocks given in the UK to date, 25,273,226 were first doses – an increase from 433,320 the previous day.

About 1,759,445 were second doses, an increase of 95,799.


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