Matt Hancock has warned COVID vaccines maybe 50 per cent less effective against the new mutant South African strain, putting us back to square one.
The Health Secretary said there was evidence in the public domain that the new variant is more resistant to jabs, but cautioned that scientists are still carrying out tests.
He made the remarks during a web chat with travel agents this week, in which he explained that tough border restrictions may be required for a long time to keep new variants of the virus out of the United Kingdom.
In a video of the webinar, leaked to a news outlet, he was questioned whether Brits will be able to go on holiday this summer. Matt Hancock said there was a chance.
But that tougher travel restrictions might be required as there was evidence in the public domain, although they were not sure of the data, so he wouldn’t say this was in public, that the South African variant reduces by about 50 per cent the vaccine effectiveness.
He continued that scientists are testing the mutant strain at the Porton Down laboratory and are carrying out a clinical trial in South Africa to see what impact it has on the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Health Secretary added that if they’d vaccinated the population and then they got in a new variant that evaded the vaccine, then they’d be back to square one and that tougher international restrictions are the price that for example Australia has paid for stronger domestic protection, as in more life getting back to normal domestically.
He said that with the new variants that they’re seeing around the world, South Africa and Brazil are the two most worrying, but the third most worrying one is the one they don’t know about because they haven’t spotted it yet.
It came as Boris Johnson revealed the new strain sweeping the United Kingdom is more dangerous than the original, and the NHS was urged to add ‘COVID tongue’ to its menu of approved symptoms.
Ministers said Britain’s borders could be closed altogether to keep out new strains of the virus, and the Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, also said there’s concern that both the South African and Brazilian strains may have some resistance to vaccines.
And he told a No 10 press conference that they were more concerned that they have certain features which suggest they might be less responsive to vaccines.
So, now they’re not certain if the vaccine will work and now it might be 50 per cent less effective. Perhaps we should just disregard the whole thing and get back to existing while we still have a life.
And it seems that they don’t know what they’re dealing with, and it’s all just a guessing game with people’s lives, and it makes you now question if they’ve locked us down with inaccurate testing and if they have, who will be held responsible?
Because people are going to want answers, especially if someone died of a heart attack and had COVID slapped on their death certificate, and people are going to want answers as to why the results that were given were deliberately incorrect.
Masses of people have done everything that’s been asked of them and it doesn’t appear to have done any good, especially during the lockdown, and lots of people are having their say, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all wrong.
Two people can have a difference of opinion, but it might be that neither of them is wrong – there are fors and against on both sides.
We should be protecting the vulnerable and let everyone else get on with their lives, and we should stop worrying about the ifs and buts and perhaps start trying to live our lives.
This seems like it’s going to be a failed vaccine, so where is this going? Not to mention how it will affect everybody later on because it’s not been tested properly, and now they’re saying the jab won’t stop you getting the virus, it won’t stop you from spreading it and now it’s half as effective as it was.
So, what’s the point? But they’ll still carry on jabbing you with it!