With 10 million people already vaccinated in the UK, Matt Hancock (UK Health secretary) praised a study which suggests the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may reduce the coronavirus transmission rates.
Although the results have not been published formally, Matt Hancock stated that he is hopeful that "the vaccine could be the way out of this pandemic". Apart from being effective in reducing the transmission, studies indicate that a single dose of vaccine has 76% effectiveness against the virus for three months which increases to 82% upon the second dosage.
The UK has taken a separate route compared to many other countries in the world. It has prioritised giving the first dosage to as many people as possible to ensure some protection against the virus. They have delayed the second jab by 12 weeks. Professor Andrew Pollard, chief investigator of the Oxford vaccine trial said, "reassures us that people are protected from 22 days after a single dose of the vaccine".
Mr Hancock also assured the citizens that scientists are closely observing the cases of people over 65. He expressed "high degree of confidence" in the vaccine being useful for people of all ages. Healthcare authorities have also confirmed that the vaccine is effective on the different mutants of the virus. Dr Pollard concluded by saying, "we will have built up enough immunity to prevent the other severe disease that we've been seeing over the last year."
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The source of this article was from BBC News