Britons who’ve obtained their first vaccine dose have subsequently become infected by variants of Covid-19, NHS Track and Trace’s chief medical adviser has stated.
Dr Susan Hopkins instructed the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that each the South African and Kent variant have been recognized in folks “who have had their first dose of vaccine”.
“That’s to be expected, we know that these vaccines aren’t 100 per cent protecting you against infection and that’s why we ask people to take caution,” she stated.
“You can see that they’re not as good against the South African variant as they are against our own B117 at preventing infection and transmission.”
Dr Hopkins added that vaccination does supply some safety towards variants as a result of they act as a “primer for your immune system”.
“When your immune system is exposed to a variation of the same virus it responds faster and more adequately to protect you against severe disease,” she stated.
A “significant” cluster of the South African variant recognized in south London meant that further Covid-19 testing services had been just lately arrange in Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark.
The Kent variant, or B117, which emerged within the UK final 12 months has, in the meantime, been discovered to be extra transmissible than the virus in its unique type.
Scientists are additionally involved by a brand new variant that was first recognized in India. More than 70 instances of the B.1.617 variant have been confirmed within the UK.
Dr Hopkins stated that there’s not but sufficient information to categorise the pressure as a “variant of concern” however investigations are ongoing.
“To escalate it up the ranking we need to know that it is increased transmissibility, increased severity or vaccine evading, and we just don’t have that yet,” she stated.
There are presently seven variants underneath investigation within the UK.