A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is more than 80% efficient at preventing hospitalisation among the over 80s, the health secretary has said.
Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Matt Hancock hailed “interesting brand-new information” showing the effectiveness of the 2 COVID-19 jabs.
According to a pre-print research study from Public Health England, which has not been reviewed:
The vaccines are more than 80% reliable at avoiding hospitalisations in over 80s after one dosage
Security versus symptomatic COVID in those over 70, four weeks after the very first jab, ranged in between 57-61% for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 60-73% for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
For the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, there is evidence it results in an 83% decrease in deaths from the virus.
Mr Hancock said the truth that the number of medical facility admissions was falling faster than that of cases – particularly amongst the older age groups who were given a jab initially – “is an indication that the vaccine is working”.
The rate of decline in deaths among the older age groups is also faster than in the under 80s, the health secretary said.
” This reveals, in the real life, throughout the UK today that the vaccine is helping both to secure the NHS and to save lives,” he declared.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, among England’s deputy chief medical officers, stated the data “provides us those first glances of how, if we are client, and we offer this vaccine program time to have its full effect, it is going to ideally take us into a really different world in the next couple of months”.
He stated that “in time”, he anticipated the UK’s vaccine rollout to lower levels of the virus, lower the possibility of infections affecting the older and more susceptible and lead to milder cases for people in those groups.
However while Professor Van-Tam stated “there’s a lot to look forwards to”, the “issue isn’t fixed yet”.
” It’s extremely tempting to simply go, ‘Right, we have actually seen the results, that indicates the issue is fixed’,” he said.
” The problem isn’t repaired yet but we absolutely have identified a way of fixing the issue and the early data show us how to do that and where to advance from here.”
It comes after six cases of a COVID-19 “variation of concern” from Brazil were detected in the United Kingdom.
Regardless of this, Mr Hancock told the Number 10 rundown that the advancement would not affect the federal government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Schools are set to reopen for all students on 8 March, with the health secretary stating: “We do not think there is any requirement to change the method on schools because of this brand-new variation.”
Mr Hancock said he was “extremely confident” getting children back in the class was the “best thing to do”.
“The data points by doing this, and after that we will evaluate the information prior to taking step 2,” he stated.
“The plan is developed to be able to see the data prior to we take each action, therefore we’ve done it because way in order to be able to have the guarantee that we are taking a mindful yet irreversible course out of this pandemic.”