Monday, November 29

More than 20 million fully vaccinated: Jabs work on India strain

More than 20 million people in the UK are now fully vaccinated after receiving two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, official data shows.

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The incredible landmark figure comes as the government moves to speed up second doses for over-50s and the vulnerable amid the spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus.

More than 1,300 people in the UK have been infected with the new variant, which experts have warned could be 50 per cent more transmissible than the Kent variant. New data also showed that seven people died of coronavirus and 1,926 new cases were recorded on Sunday.

Matt Hancock said on Sunday there is increasing confidence that vaccines work against the variant and that those who had been hospitalised with the new strain had turned down jabs.

The Health Secretary said on Sunday it is appropriate to push on with the major easing of restrictions in England on Monday. Mr Hancock said there is new very early data from Oxford University giving confidence that existing vaccines work against the variant. We have a high degree of confidence that the vaccine will overcome.

Mr Hancock the Indian variant is becoming the dominant strain in areas including Bolton and Blackburn in the North West.