Covid vaccine: ‘Unlikely South African strain will turn off effects of jabs’ says expert

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Covid vaccine: ‘Unlikely South African strain will turn off effects of jabs’ says expert

The new coronavirus strain in the UK was first identified in Kent at the beginning of December, believed by experts to have increased infectiousness.

South Africa was then placed into lockdown last week after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the new variant, known as 501.V2, appeared to be “more contagious” than the virus that circulated during the first wave.

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And on December 23, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed two cases of the South African strain had been identified in the UK.

Both virus variants have raised concerns over the effectiveness of the Oxford and Pfizer vaccines, but Sir John Bell, regius professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, has said they’re unlikely to turn off the effects of the vaccines.

READ MORE: Covid new strain: Persistent hiccups could be a symptom of the new coronavirus

Originally published here Daily Express :: Health Feed

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