The UK may need to revaccinate people for the coronavirus vaccination every six months, while Covid-19 testing will still be needed in 2022, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday in a briefing. hearing of the select committee.
“I predict that we will probably need to revaccinate because we do not know the longevity of protection against these vaccines,” Hancock said in response to a question from an MP. “It might need to be every six months, it might have to be every year.”
Hancock added that “Yes” he believed England’s current national lockdown would be the last in the country, but said: “There is no doubt that vaccines and testing will still be on the schedule next year.”
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England began its third pandemic lockdown on Tuesday in response to soaring Covid-19 infection rates across the UK in recent weeks, which health chiefs said was in big turn partly due to a new, more easily transmitted variant of the virus.
Earlier, the CEO of biotech company and vaccine maker Covid Moderna said the company believed his inoculation could protect against disease for “Potentially a few years”, but further redevelopment would be needed if the virus mutates beyond current coverage.
On Thursday, the first people in the UK received the Covid-19 vaccine from the University of Oxford / AstraZeneca, the second vaccine authorized in the country.
The UK reported 52,618 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, along with 1,162 other deaths within 28 days of testing positive, bringing the total number of deaths to 78,508, according to official data.
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