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Two doses of Covid vaccine offer similar protection as natural infection – ONS examination

New data from the UK indicates two doses of a Covid vaccine offers a similar protection against testing positive for the coronavirus as a past natural infection.

The examination, carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is based on NHS test and trace data in addition as ONS survey results for the period between 17 May to 14 August, when the Delta variant was principal.

The results show that those who had received two doses of the Covid jabs at the minimum 14 days before the period of interest had a lower risk of testing positive during that time than those who had only had one measure at the minimum 21 days before.

However, two doses of either jab offered a similar level of protection as that provided by a natural infection.

A medic prepares a dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine

A medic prepares a measure of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

According to the data, those who have before had Covid had a 71% lower risk of testing positive than those without a prior Covid infection and who were not in addition vaccinated. Meanwhile, those who had received two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab 14 or more days before the period of interest had a 62% lower risk of testing positive for Covid and those who had received two doses of the Pfizer jab had a 73% lower risk.

While the two types of vaccine appear to offer different levels of protection, the team urge caution, noting the jabs were given to different age groups and had different follow-up times.

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A close friend of Boris and Carrie Johnson did stay with the associate during the peak of the coronavirus lockdown last Christmas, Downing Street has in effect confirmed, while insisting no Covid rules were broken.

It is understood that Nimco Ali, a campaigner and Home Office adviser who is godmother to the Johnsons’ infant son, Wilfred, was at Downing Street over the Christmas period as part of their childcare sustain bubble.

The chief minister’s official spokesperson declined to formally confirm that Ali was there. “As you might expect, I’m not going to get into speaking about individuals that the chief minister has seen over Christmas,” he said. “What I can say is that the chief minister and Mrs Johnson have followed the coronavirus rules at all times.”

However, the spokesperson did say that neither Boris Johnson’s mother – who died last month aged 79 – or Carrie Johnson’s mother were with the family over Christmas. Asked to confirm whether or not Ali was there, he did not respond.

Nimco Ali.

Nimco Ali. Photograph: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for AllBright

“It is thoroughly accurate to say that they followed coronavirus rules at all times,” the spokesperson said, rejecting the argument that it was authentic to seek clear answers on the arrangements given lockdown breaches by senior government figures such as Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings and the ex-health secretary Matt Hancock.

“I don’t accept that,” he said. “We have been very clear that throughout this pandemic the chief minister has expected all ministers to to pay attention to the guidelines. That is what the chief minister and Mrs Johnson have done, both at this time and throughout, and I’m happy to make that clear.”




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UK government warns of ‘challenging’ months ahead in battle against Covid

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In Australia, more than 40 Victoria police staff have been stood down and confront losing their jobs after refusing to have the Covid vaccine.

Victoria police on Monday confirmed 34 police officers and nine protective sets officers had not complied with the vaccination order by the state’s chief health officer and by a specific chief commissioner instruction.

Exemptions from having the mandatory vaccine only apply if an employee is unable to be vaccinated due to a medical issue, the force said.

Those refusing the jab have been referred to specialized Standards Command for failing to to comply with an instruction of the chief commissioner and confront later disciplinary action, which may consequence in their sacking.

They have been stood down and directed to take accrued leave.

The Police Association backs mandatory vaccinations and has been contacted for comment.




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