UK says COVID-19 booster and annual vaccinations very possible By Reuters

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LONDON (Reuters) – A COVID-19 booster within the autumn after which annual vaccinations are very possible, Britain’s vaccine deployment minister mentioned on Sunday as international locations race to manage injections within the face of recent variants.

Britain has already supplied practically 11.5 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccines and is on observe to fulfill a goal to vaccinate everybody within the prime most weak teams by mid-February.

Amongst coronavirus variants at present most regarding for scientists and public well being consultants are the so-called British, South African and Brazilian variants, which seem to unfold extra swiftly than others.

“We see very a lot in all probability an annual or a booster within the autumn after which an annual (vaccination), in the way in which we do with flu vaccinations the place you take a look at what variant of virus is spreading world wide,” Nadhim Zahawi advised the BBC’s Andrew Marr Present.

AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:) mentioned on Saturday its vaccine developed with the College of Oxford appeared to supply solely restricted safety in opposition to delicate illness attributable to the South African variant of COVID-19, primarily based on early knowledge from a trial.

The success of the UK’s vaccine rollout is spurring debate about how quickly the federal government can ease broader lockdown restrictions, amid plans to reopen faculties in England in March.

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