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The first real-world data of the vaccine rollout indicates the first dose of Oxford jab has a bigger impact on reducing infection than its Pfizer counterpart. Meanwhile, a single injection of either vaccine slashes hospitalisation by over 80 percent.
Those over 80 in hospital intensive care wards for coronavirus has plummeted into the single figures.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock tonight described the findings as “exciting” and ‘extremely good news”.
A Public Health England report on vaccine effectiveness published this evening said: “Protection against symptomatic Covid, four weeks after the first dose, ranged between 57 and 61 percent for one dose of Pfizer and between 60 and 73 percent for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.”
The latest data comes as 20,275,451 people in the UK have now received a first jab of a vaccine, including an injection being offered to all over-70s, and NHS and care home staff.
In further proof of the success of the inoculation drive, a graph presented at tonight’s televised Downing Street coronavirus briefing showed the number of deaths following a positive test result is dropping at a far faster pace among over-80s than younger adults.
On January 19, 61 percent of all deaths were among those aged 80 and over.
By February 23, the number had dropped to 49 percent.
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