South African & Kent variants seen in jabbed patients, top medic says

South African and Kent variants seen in jabbed patients, top medic says

4/20/2021 3:01:00 AM

South African and Kent variants seen in jabbed patients, top medic says

CASES of South African and Kent Covid variants have been seen in already vaccinated patients, an NHS expert has warned. Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser for Test and Trace, confirmed people …

Credit: GettyShe told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "We have seen some people who have had their first dose of the vaccine who have had the South African variant and the variant that arose in Kent."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."

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You can see that [the vaccines are] not as good against the South African variant as they are against our own [variant] B117 at preventing infection and transmission."[But] 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."

Getting full doses of a Covid vaccine does not mean you won't catch the virus at all, although it significantly reduces your chances, but it does mean you are unlikely to suffer with a severe illness or die.Some of the new Covid variants are able to evade immunity from jabs.

These include theand the newly found Indian variant, of which there are now 77 cases in the UK.It comes as cases of the- sparking fears it could delay Britain's roadmap.VARIANT WATCHThere are now 600 known infections, a rise on from 300 last month, according to Public Health England data.

Surge testing has been ramped up throughout England with more cases of the South African variant emerging., with tests deployed in Southwark as well as Wandsworth and Lambeth.The Indian variant has been labelled as “under investigation” along with six others in the UK.

There are also four “variants of concern” that are the most alarming, including from South Africa and Brazil.No details were given about how the Indian variant, officially named B.1.617, entered the UK.4Dr Susan Hopkins said cases of South African and Kent variants have been seen in jabbed patients

Credit: AFPDr Hopkins added that there isn't enough data to officially classify the new Indian strain as a "variant of concern", but investigations are ongoing.She said: "We have seen a couple of cases (of the Indian variant) that haven't arisen from travel but we're still trying to undergo the investigations to look in great detail at where they might have acquired it from.

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