Senin, 08 Februari 2021

Live breaking news: NSW case triggers long testing queues; Concern over Victorian hotel quarantine system; Boris Johnson backs AstraZeneca jab - 9News

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "very confident" in all the vaccines the UK is currently using to combat the coronavirus.

"We're very confident in all the vaccines that we're using and I think it's important for people to bear in mind that all of them, we think, are effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness and death, which is the most important thing," Mr Johnson said.

His comments come a day after South Africa paused its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after early data from a study showed that it offered "minimal protection" against mild or moderate illness caused by the more contagious virus variant first identified there, known as B.1.351.

The UK is currently administering the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. According to the government's dashboard more than 12 million people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.

Mr Johnson said the government will continue to "study" the results and effectiveness of the vaccine rollout and will be "looking at the ways in which the population is starting to respond to the vaccines" ahead of setting out a strategy for the country to exit lockdown on February 22.

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2021-02-08 20:29:00Z

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