Moderna’s Covid vaccine ‘is effective against Kent AND California variants and triggers antibodies’

Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccine is effective against the Californian variant spreading in the US, scientists say. And researchers also found the jab sparks Covid-fighting antibodies that stay in the blood for at least six months following a second dose. Evidence already shows the vaccine — deployed in Britain for the first time yesterday — works against the Kent … Read more

Moderna vaccine is effective against California variant and produces antibodies for least 6 months

Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine is effective against the California variant and its protection last for six months, two new studies find. In one study, researchers from Duke University found that the antibodies generated by Moderna’s jab had about two times less neutralizing power against the strain that was first discovered in the Golden State. While … Read more

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 91% effective after six months

Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is still 91 percent effective at preventing COVID-19, offers six months of protection and does work against worrisome South African variant, new firm data reveal.    In fact, the shot was 100 percent effective in preventing illness among trial participants in South Africa, where a new variant called B1351 is dominant, although the … Read more

South African Covid variant makes current crop of vaccines 30% less effective, SAGE warns

The South African coronavirus variant may make vaccines 30 per cent less effective, the Government’s scientific advisers have warned. Analysis by SAGE found the strain can cause up to a 10-fold decrease in the production of antibodies in vaccinated or previously infected people. While antibodies are not the only part of the immune response against … Read more

Smart motorway safety tech not as effective as Highway England suggested

Technology being built into smart motorways to improve their controversial safety credentials might only detect around 85 per cent of stranded vehicles – and leave thousands of motorists a year vulnerable to potentially life-threatening collisions, a report has revealed. Stationary Vehicle Detection (SVD) systems are due to be rolled out across all smart motorways in … Read more

US study finds Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is 100% effective against severe Covid

The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is 100 per cent effective at keeping people out of hospital, a US study has confirmed. An extra trial of the vaccine in the US found it was more effective than it was in the UK research – preventing 79 per cent of all infections – and nobody got seriously ill. … Read more

LINDA KELSEY braved an embarrassing – but surprisingly effective – way of banishing bitterness

Lying fully dressed on my bed in the middle of the day, eyes closed, Donna Summer’s 1970s disco hit I Feel Love blasting through my headphones, is an unexpected consequence of life in lockdown. But here I am, 68 years old, doing ‘homework’ set under the genial direction of one Peter Lovatt, otherwise known as … Read more

‘This is a safe and effective vaccine’: EU leaders are forced into humiliating climbdown on AZ

EU leaders were today forced to make a humiliating climbdown after Europe’s medical experts ruled that the AstraZeneca vaccine is not linked to blood clots. ‘This is a safe and effective vaccine,’ said Emer Cooke, the chief of the European Medicines Agency. ‘When you vaccinate millions of people, it’s inevitable that rare or serious instances … Read more

AstraZeneca and Pfizer Covid vaccines more effective against Brazilian variant than initially feared

The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out in Britain work better against the Brazilian variant (pictured) than first feared The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out in Britain work better against the Brazilian variant than first feared, research suggests. An Oxford University study found its vaccine and the jab made by Pfizer perform just as well against … Read more

Oxford and Pfizer’s Covid vaccines more effective against Brazilian variant than initially feared

The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out in Britain work better against the Brazilian variant (pictured) than first feared The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out in Britain work better against the Brazilian variant than first feared, research suggests. An Oxford University study found its vaccine and the jab made by Pfizer perform just as well against … Read more