The Omicron variant infects vaccines much more than other Covid mutations. This is approved by the UK’s Health Security Agency: two doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNtech vaccines offer little protection, but the third dose increases the vaccine’s effectiveness significantly, between 70 and 75%. The study was released by the same agency, which also expects the UK to have more than a million cases by the end of December if current trends continue unchanged and that Omicron is expected to become the dominant alternative by mid-December. In the past 24 hours, the UK reported 58,194 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number of positive cases in a single day since January 9, and 120 deaths. A total of 448 cases of Omicron were also reported, up from 249 the day before, for a total of 1.26 across the UK.
So far, 22 million people in the UK have received a summons. “It is our best defense and we have supercharged the launch program by inviting seven million people over 40 years old to request the third dose in order to protect themselves from this disease,” Health Minister Sajid Javid said. He then added, echoing the Prime Minister’s words: “I urge you to come forward as soon as the booster dose is due to help protect yourself and your loved ones.” In Scotland, Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned of a possible ‘tsunami’ of infection, while Mark Drakeford is keeping the alert high in Wales, where there are currently few cases. No other cases of Omicron have been recorded in Northern Ireland, which remains at 3.
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