COVID Live News: Everyone Over 18 Can Reserve Coronavirus Vaccine From Tomorrow, Says Matt Hancock

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COVID Live News: Everyone Over 18 Can Reserve Coronavirus Vaccine From Tomorrow, Says Matt Hancock


Having South African and Kent variants before does not offer long-term protection against reinfection – study
A previous coronavirus infection may not offer long-term protection against a reappearance of the virus – especially with the Alpha (Kent) and Beta (South Africa) variants, according to a new study.

New government-funded research suggests that the body’s immune response to natural infection with COVID may vary from individual to individual six months after contracting the virus.

Researchers have conducted a new study that reinforces the need for everyone to be vaccinated for maximum protection against COVID, because vaccines generate a higher immune response than natural infection.

Author Dr Christina Dold, University of Oxford, said: “Our study is one of the most comprehensive accounts of the immune response after COVID in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

“We found that individuals had very different immune responses from each other after COVID, with some people in the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups showing no evidence of immune memory six months after infection or even earlier.

“Our concern is that these people are at risk of contracting COVID for the second time, especially with the circulation of new variants.

“This means that it is very important that we all receive the vaccine when it is offered, even if you think you have had COVID before. “

The Pitch study, funded by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC), involved experts from the University of Oxford as well as Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle and Birmingham, with support from the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC).

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