Pfizer BioNTech vaccine appears effective against UK COVID-19 strain

Health Minister Greg Hunt

But without any studies, experts say vaccine doses should not be mixed.

The effectiveness of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine against the UK COVID-19 variant was the subject of a study by the two companies, showing that the mutated virus was neutralised by antibodies carried in the blood of 16 people who had received the vaccine.

The federal government announced today that Canada's shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be cut by almost one-fifth this week and then go down to zero next week.

His remarks underline the importance of receiving a second vaccine dose, which according to recent studies is more than 90 per cent effective in protecting against coronavirus.

The federal government has said Canada won't receive any doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next week after the company advised it is slowing production at its Belgium facility to make upgrades that will eventually boost its output.

In a separate development, Moderna is working with the United States health regulators to analyse the cases of an allergic reaction to its Covid-19 vaccine from a specific batch.

Major General Dany Fortin, who's co-ordinating the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, said Canada's shipments of the vaccine will be cut by almost one-fifth this week and then will go down to zero next week. "This is why it's important that we continue to follow provincial orders and the direction given by our medical officer of health in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community".

They say a mismatched dose is better than partial protection.

'We must not become complacent...essentially the manufacturers are working to ensure they can address the variants.

The city announced last week that residents and staff at all 28 long-term care homes have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. "The goal is to secure additional doses going forward so that we can meet the demand as per the provincial guidelines".

President Moon Jae-in also said that the government will provide all South Korean people with free-of-charge COVID-19 vaccines in phases.

The nation has had the world's fastest vaccine rollout, and as of January 19 had given a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to 25.6% of its population, per Our World in Data.

The reassurance comes shortly after Norway made global headlines recently when it flagged possible concerns that the Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill.



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