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Professor Van-Tam unsure on the efficacy of vaccines against new variants

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The UK’s vaccination effort is the envy of the world, with millions across the country now jabbed. Despite promising signs the ramped up effort is bearing fruit, it is too early to celebrate. As deputy chief medical officer Professor Van-Tam explained on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, we “don’t know” if is is working against the Brazil and South African variants.

However, there is evidence that the vaccines are proving effective against the Kent strain, which accounts for 95 percent of the disease in the UK, Van-Tam added.

“We have good evidence on the vaccines we have deployed in the UK,” he said.

The “head-line results” are that the vaccines are reducing infections and asymptomatic infections in one dose only, noted Van-Tam.

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