Covid vaccine update: Oxford jab more effective than Pfizer in over-70s according to study

The great vaccination programme should be reassuring to those who may be concerned about the Brazil variant of concern most recently identified in the UK.

PHE said there has been up to three cases of the Brazilian variant of concern within England, and three cases in Scotland.

First identified in Manaus, Brazil, the P.1 variant shares important mutations with the South African strain – E484K and N501Y.

“It is possible that this variant may respond less well to current vaccines, but more work is needed to understand this,” said PHE.


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