Today’s Infectious Disease News (2/9/21)

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Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine May Provide Strong Protection Against UK COVID Variant

Preliminary data showed that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was only slightly less effective against the UK variant of COVID-19. The study found that the vaccine has 74.6% efficacy against the UK strain, slightly lower than the 84% efficacy against other variants. Researchers, however, lacked the statistical confidence necessary to definitive conclusions at the time of the study. Even though the report has not yet been peer-reviewed and is not conclusive, the findings provide hope that this vaccine offers protection against one of the new dominant strains.

Full Story: New York Times