PHE: Pfizer Vaccines and AZ Effective Against Indian Variants

UMMATIMES - The vaccines produced by Pfizer and AstraZeneca are declared effective against the Indian variant of Covid-19. This is the finding of Public Health England (PHE) which was published on the BBC website, Sunday (23/5).

Effectiveness is seen after the vaccine is injected in two doses. If only one dose, then both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are only 33 percent effective in three weeks against the Indian variant. As for the Kent or UK variant of Covid-19, the effectiveness of the first dose is up to 50 percent.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the visit made him "increasingly confident" that the British Government is on the right track. He said the data showed that getting two doses of the vaccine was vital.

Currently the UK, particularly in the UK, is in the stage of easing Covid-19 rules before restrictions are lifted on June 21. Apart from England, three other regions in England, namely Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, have the right to enforce their own rules.

The Pfizer vaccine was found to be 88 percent effective against the Indian variant, two weeks after the second dose. The vaccine was 93 percent effective against the Kent variant at the same time.

During the same period, the AstraZeneca vaccine was 60 percent effective against the Indian variant. Meanwhile, against the Kent variant, this vaccine is 66 percent effective.

The study involved 12,675 cases between April 5 and May 16. Only 1,054 of these cases were infections due to the Indian variant.