COVID news live – latest updates: Brits to receive third COVID hit from September as Whitty examines UK approach

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COVID news live – latest updates: Brits to receive third COVID hit from September as Whitty examines UK approach


All vaccine options under consideration for booster injections
More information now from Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi on booster injections.

After his interview with Sky News, the minister spoke with BBC Breakfast and confirmed that England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, is looking for a range of vaccines for possible boosters.

Mr Zahawi said: ‘Now we are going to make available to Chris Whitty and his team as many options as possible, whether it is the 60 million doses of Pfizer that we announced last week or of the work we do with the Oxford-AstraZeneca team. for a vaccine variant or with Moderna, or with the Novavax vaccine which works great against the South African variant, and the Kent variant, or the Scottish vaccine, the Valneva vaccine we want to give scientists as many options, as many options, to be able to deploy a booster. “

Along with Professor Whitty, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam is investigating whether people should be boosted with a different vaccine to improve protection, Zahawi said.

And the NHS will be “ready for deployment from September”.

He added that the investment in Porton Down “would make the immunization program sustainable for next year and years beyond, as we move from pandemic to endemic and treat it the way we would treat it.” the annual influenza vaccination program ”.

The lab has been given around £ 50million to increase its ability to test new variants of the virus against vaccines.

But the Minister of Vaccines did not specify when the booster injections would begin for the over 50s.

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