Russia 's Sputnik V vaccine is showing strong signs of effectiveness against new mutations of Covid-19, researchers have claimed. The results of the trial in Russia testing the effectiveness of revaccination are expected to show a positive effect on protection against UK and South African strains of the virus, and will be published soon. Denis Logunov, deputy director of the centre which developed the jab said: '(A) recent study carried out by the Gamaleya Centre in Russia showed that revaccination with Sputnik V vaccine is working very well against new coronavirus mutations, including the UK and South African strains of coronavirus.' Last month Vladimir Putin ordered a review by March 15 of Russian-produced vaccines for their effectiveness against new variants spreading in different parts of the world. Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is showing strong signs of effectiveness against new mutations of Covid-19, researchers have claimed. It is being rolled out in several … [Read more...] about Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine works well against UK and South African variants of the virus, researchers say
The Brazil COVID-19 "variant of concern" first detected in the city of Manaus has been discovered in the UK. Three cases of the new variant, known as P1, have been found in South Gloucestershire , Public Health England said on Sunday. The other three were detected in Scotland , but are not linked to the England cases, according to the Scottish government. What we know about the Brazil variant Two of the cases in England come from a household in South Gloucestershire, where one person returned from Brazil in mid-February, before the new hotel quarantine measures were introduced. The third case is unlinked and the whereabouts of the individual unknown, as the person did not complete their test registration card, PHE said. Advertisement Scotland's three variant cases have been identified in the Grampian region after three people flew from Brazil to Aberdeen via Paris and London earlier this month. All the other … [Read more...] about COVID-19: New Brazil COVID ‘variant of concern’ discovered in UK, health officials say
Surge testing will take place from Monday after cases of the Brazil COVID-19 "variant of concern" were found in England and Scotland. The variant is the latest to be detected in the UK as the government hopes to reduce transmission through lockdown measures and the vaccine roll-out. Sky News takes a look at where the new variant was found, whether it is more transmissible than other strains, and if vaccines will work to stop infection. What is the Brazil 'variant of concern'? The variant, called P1, is a branch of the B.1.1.28 lineage that was first detected in Japanese travellers who had visited Brazil, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said. Advertisement It has three mutations in its spike protein receptor binding domain. It was designated "of concern" as it shares some important mutations with the variant first identified in South Africa. More from UK COVID-19: New Brazil COVID 'variant of concern' discovered … [Read more...] about Brazil COVID variant: Where in the UK was it found, is it more deadly and do vaccines work against it?