Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs effective against Indian variant
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- The Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant identified in India after two doses, a study has found.
- New study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Public Health England found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 variant two weeks after the second dose. That compared with 93% effectiveness against the B.1.1.7 “Kent” strain which is Britain’s dominant COVID variant. Britain's health minister said the data was groundbreaking and he was increasingly hopeful that the government would be able to lift more COVID restrictions next month.
- A French study find trained dogs to be 97% effective in detecting COVID-19 in human sweat.
- The UK launches a COVID-19 vaccination status scheme: this service allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status.
- The hospital admission rate for COVID-19 has fallen – it was 0.73 per 100,000 in week 19, compared to 1.02 per 100,000 in the previous week.
- Delhi covid update: Positivity rate drops below 2.5% as 1,649 new cases are reported. This is also the lowest daily spike in cases recorded since March 30 (992) and the first time that the count has gone below the 2,000-mark since April 1, when 2,790 people tested positive for the infection.
- Taiwan reported almost 2,000 local COVID cases in 1 week, but the health minister said the trend remained stable with new infections concentrated in the northern part of the island in and around Taipei. In response, the capital will ban indoor dining starting today.
- US vaccinations vary across state, with more than 60 percent of residents in the Northeast at least partly vaccinated while in the South, most states are below 40 percent.
- EU agrees to open doors to vaccinated foreigners: the European Union countries agreed last Wednesday to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, a move that could open the bloc's door to all Britons and to vaccinated Americans.