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COVID-19: Pfizer Vaccine Almost 90% Effective Against Indian Variant, Public Health England Study Finds | UK News

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is 88% effective against the Indian variant after two doses, a study has found.

Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs were found to be almost as effective against symptomatic Indian variant disease as against Kent variant after the second dose.

However, they were only 33% effective three weeks after the first dose, according to the Public Health England (PHE) report.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock called the result “groundbreaking,” while PHE said it expects to see even higher levels of effectiveness against hospitalizations and deaths.

The study, which took place between April 5 and May 16, found that the Pfizer vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic Indian variant disease two weeks after the second dose, compared to 93% effective against Kent’s variant.

Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca jab was 60% effective, compared to 66% against the Kent variant over the same period.

Both vaccines were 33% effective against symptomatic disease of the Indian variant three weeks after the first dose, compared to about 50% against the Kent variant.

Some 12,675 genome-sequenced cases were included in the analysis, but only 1,054 were of the Indian variant.

The study included data for all age groups from April 5 to cover the period since the emergence of the variant.

PHE data showed that at least 2,889 cases of the Indian variant were recorded in England from February 1 of this year to May 18.

People line up for Covid vaccinations at ESSA Bolton Academy as the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus could lead to the return of local lockdowns, ministers acknowledged.  Bolton, Blackburn with Darwen and Bedford are the areas of greatest concern to ministers.  Photo date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
People line up to get vaccinated in Bolton where cases of the Indian variant have been found

Of these, 104 cases resulted in a visit to a hospital emergency department, 31 required overnight hospitalization and six resulted in death.

The most common variant in England, according to the data, is the Kent variant, with 132,082 cases recorded in the same period.

Some 1,569 people have died with the variant, while …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-22 16:57:00