Coronavirus UK news – Brit jabs confirmed as ‘highly effective’ against Indian variant as England hits 50m jab milestone

BOTH British vaccines are highly effective against the Indian variant of coronavirus, scientists have revealed.

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

Some 22 million Brits have had both jabs and the study reveals both are effective against symptoms such as a continuous cough, a loss or change to sense of smell and taste or a high temperature.

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, more than 50 million jabs have been doled out in England in a major milestone for the vaccination programme.

More than 70 per cent of the UK’s adult population – 31,546,846 – have now received at least one dose of a Covid jab, while 40 per cent – 18,699,556 – have received two, officials said earlier this week.

A total of 50,246,402 Covid-19 first or second doses of vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and May 21.

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