A NEW Covid vaccine is 96 per cent effective in preventing cases caused by the original version of the coronavirus, trial results show.
The UK has ordered 60 million doses of the Novavax jab which has been shown to be 100 per cent effective in preventing serious illness and death.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news tweeting: “Really encouraging results from @novavax tonight on its efficacy against variants.
“We’ve ordered 60 million doses & if approved by the medicines regulator it will be another boost to the UK’s vaccination rollout as we work to overcome this virus.”
It comes as five countries have halted the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccines over fears of fatal blood clots.
Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Latvia have suspended use of one batch following a handful of dangerous blood clotting conditions in people who had recently had the jab.
The European Medicines Agency is now launching an investigation but at present there is no firm evidence to suggest the blood clots are actually linked to the vaccine and there have been no reports in the UK.
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