Coronavirus news UK latest – June 21 lockdown lift ‘looking good’ as vaccines ‘highly effective’ against Indian variant

ENGLAND’S lockdown could end on June 21 say experts after tests proved British vaccines are effective against the Indian Covid variant.

The prospects for ending all coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England on the fourth and final stage of the PM’s roadmap are “looking good” said Jenny Harries – as long as people are careful.

According to Public Health England, the Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective against the symptoms of the variant after the second dose, while the AstraZeneca proved 60 per cent effective.

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

Meanwhile, Matt Hancock announced more than 60million jabs have been doled out as England’s vaccination programme hit a major milestone on Sunday.

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