Coronavirus latest news – AstraZeneca vaccine 100% effective against severe illness and hospitalisations, study shows

THE AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is 100% effective against severe or critical disease and hospitalisation, according to a US study.

The manufacturers announced an independent safety committee and an independent neurologist conducted an intense review into the drug after fears it caused blood clots.

The study explored the claims, as well as exploring the odds of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), which is an extremely rare blood clot in the brain.

The ground-breaking study found that the vaccine was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness, and was 100 percent effective against severe or critical disease and hospitalisation.

It comes as Boris Johnson has been urged to lift lockdown early to avoid squandering the benefits of Britain’s superspeed vaccine rollout.

As a rebellion showed signs of growing, Tory MPs said the Government is moving too slowly when it comes to lifting the current lockdown measures.

They warned that they were ready to vote against the Government this week when it seeks to extend Covid laws to the end of September, the Daily Mail reported today.

Christopher Snowdon, a free-market think-tank economist, said: “Every extra day of lockdown produces diminishing returns and mounting costs.

“Waiting another two months for hospitality to reopen seems excessive when people will be meeting in their homes regardless of government diktats,” he added.

“We should keep a watchful eye on the data, but we should not stick stubbornly to an arbitrary timetable,” he went on to say.

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