BioNTech says vaccine 'neutralises key mutation' in UK, South Africa strains

BioNTech says vaccine 'neutralises key mutation' in UK, South Africa strains”

Elsewhere, hospitals also reported increasing pressures, with more than half of all major hospital trusts in England now having more Covid-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave.

A doctor from Merseyside said her hospital is "almost at the limit" with patients having to wait in corridors or ambulances. The vaccine is made with a piece of the virus genetic code, simple to switch, although it's not clear what kind of additional testing regulators would require to make such a change.

Because of the supply shortage, "some appointments already pre-booked will have to be rescheduled, and those individuals will be contacted with a new appointment time to ensure they receive their second dose within the timeframe outlined", according to the hospital.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine technnology could revolutionise future treatments for infectious diseases and pandemics.

In addition to the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, a second vaccine, produced by Moderna, was authorised on January 6 2021.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: "This is fantastic news and another weapon in our arsenal to tame this bad disease".

These vaccines are being offered to frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents over the age of 65.

The rapid expansion of the vaccination programme is key to the United Kingdom government's efforts to tackle coronavirus and lift England's national lockdown.

Chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says there has been a spike in cases related to gatherings over the holiday period, and is urging people to follow the rules, which include a ban on most social gatherings inside homes.

Johnson is expected to update the nation on the progress of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.

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The first of a number of larger-scale vaccination centres planned for the area will be among many more sites coming online over the next few weeks.

New research suggests that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two highly contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

The study, conducted by scientists at Pfizer and the University of Texas Medical Branch, was posted to a preprint server, meaning it has not been peer-reviewed.

A There is now no evidence that existing Covid-19 vaccines are less effective against the new, more transmissible strain of the coronavirus. The study didn't look into the whole set of mutations found in both the new variants.

"It's just mortifying. I don't know how many were lost in the process by nurses and Global Positioning System but I was incredibly frustrated, because I wanted them to mandate the six doses far earlier", he said.

- The reproductive rate - the R rate - of the virus is thought to be between one and 1.4.

- Some 44% of adults in England, Scotland and Wales said they formed a Christmas day bubble, ONS data shows.

Last month German developer BioNTech said it had the technology to produce a new vaccine against new mutated Sars-CoV-2 variant in as little as six weeks.

N501Y seems to help the coronavirus attach to the receptor ACE2 on cells even better than other forms of the virus, meaning people exposed to the virus are more likely to contract it.

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