Cases of the Indian Covid variant have been identified in 86 local authorities, with particular clusters in north-west England and in London. The g
Cases of the Indian Covid variant have been identified in 86 local authorities, with particular clusters in north-west England and in London. The government has said the variant appears to spread more easily than the Kent variant, which was behind the UK’s big spike in infections in winter. The new variant has caused worry among many experts, particularly with lockdown restrictions easing across the UK.
But Mr Johnson put many fears at rest today revealing the Covid vaccines are effective against all variants, including the Indian variant.
After looking at data this morning, he said: “We have increasing confidence that vaccines are effective against all variants including the Indian variant.”
He added: “I want to thank the people of Bolton and Blackburn…who have been coming forward in numbers to get vaccinated – their first jabs and their second jabs.
I think the numbers have doubled in Bolton alone, and think people in this country can be proud of their anticipation.”
A recent study showed the AstraZeneca vaccine to be 97 percent effective against the Indian variant.
The research, published by the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, involved nearly 3,300 people in India and discovered only two hospitalisations with Covid.
All the participants were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab and they worked in healthcare.
The findings also included a hospital admission rate of less than 1 percent.
Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director, said: “Our study demonstrated that 97.38 per cent of those vaccinated were protected from an infection.”
The Covid vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Modern appear to be effective against the Indian variant, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said last week.
Data reviewed by the European regulator on the efficacy of mRNA vaccines Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna against variants discovered in India are “encouraging”, EMA vaccine strategy manager Marco Cavaleri said at a press conference.
In Bolton, the most concerning area with the Indian Covid variant, 289 cases have been analysed int he past week, according to the Wellcome Sanger Institute.