UK health officials have concluded that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant identified in India after two doses. This was reported by BBC and Reuters
The Pfizer vaccine was found to be 88% effective at stopping symptomatic disease from the Indian variant two weeks after the second dose, compared with 93% effectiveness against the Kent variant (strain which is Britain's dominant Covid variant.)
The AstraZeneca jab was 60% effective against the Indian variant, compared with 66% against the Kent variant.
Public Health England (PHE) said the difference in effectiveness between the vaccines after two doses might be explained by the fact that rollout of second doses of AstraZeneca was later than for the Pfizer vaccine, which was approved first.
Other data shows it takes longer to reach maximum effectiveness with the AstraZeneca vaccine, PHE said.
As we reported earlier, over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian doctors confirmed 2,533 new cases of Covid-19, including 153 children and 31 healthcare workers.
1,701 people have been taken to hospitals during this period; 89 patients deceased, and 8,937 recovered. 34,506 tests have been taken.
Most of the confirmed cases have been observed in Dnipropetrovsk (453), Kharkiv (188), Donetsk (182), Kyiv (178) and Mykolaiv (160) regions.