Covid-19 vaccines that are being given to Brits should be more effective in younger adults than the elderly and could ‘almost completely’ stop transmission, a top scientist says. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said she expects the vaccines to give stronger protection to younger age groups. She said the effect, however, would not be as obvious in the data because younger people are less likely to die or fall ill with coronavirus compared with the oldest age groups. The expert said there were positive signs the jab rollout would cut infection rates across the nation, and she was hopeful that two doses could prevent people passing it on almost completely. Have you been affected by coronavrus? Email your story to [email protected] A Public Health England (PHE) study which shows that use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine dramatically reduces hospital admissions in over 80-year-olds could also see encouraging results for other age groups. Dr Ramsay said of the study: “We were able to show that even if people did get a case of Covid after having been vaccinated their risk of hospitalisation and of death are markedly reduced.” On whether this is likely to be replicated… Read full this story
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