Vaccines 'effective' against South Africa variant say health bosses

Health bosses have assured that vaccines are “effective” after trials against Covid-19 variants.

Speaking at a press conference at 10 Downing Street, Dr. Susan Hopkins of Public Health England, three strikes had shown positive results against new strains of the virus.

And she assumes that all other vaccines will have a similar effect.

Dr. Hopkins added that further tests were being carried out on the South African variant so that predictions could be made with “greater robustness”.

She said, “We expect all other vaccines to be similarly effective, especially in reducing hospital stays and deaths,” she said.

It has been revealed that experts are trying to urgently test 80,000 people in England for Covid-19 after it is discovered that the South African strain of the virus may have spread to some regions.

According to health officials, eleven people have been identified in the past five or six days who tested positive for the variant but have no links to travel.

This suggests that there may be pockets of spread in local communities of the new variant, with the possibility of further cases.

Public Health England (PHE) experts, who have sequenced around 5% to 10% of all positive cases for variants, now hope to break all chains of transmission. All but two areas concerned individual cases of the variant.

Mobile test units and some home test kits are being sent to eight postcode areas of London, the West Midlands, the East of England, the South East and the North West.

The areas are: Hanwell, West London; Tottenham, North London; Mitcham, South London; Walsall in the West Midlands; Broxbourne, Hertfordshire; Maidstone, Kent; Woking, Surrey; and Southport, Merseyside.

People are asked to consent to testing whether they have symptoms or not.

The South African variant is thought to be as communicable as the variant first identified in Kent, but there is still no evidence that it causes any more serious disease.

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