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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works against UK variant, Oxford says

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works against UK variant, Oxford says

· 02/05/2021 07:57
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works against UK variant, Oxford says

- AstraZeneca AZN.L and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine has similar efficacy against the "Kent" coronavirus variant currently circulating in Britain as it does to the previously circulating variants, the university said on Friday.

The findings, released in a preprint paper and not peer-reviewed, also detailed recent analysis showing that vaccination with the shot results in a reduction in the duration of shedding and viral load, which may translate into a reduced transmission of the disease, Oxford University said.


(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)

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