Does the Covid vaccine protect you from the Indian variant?

AN INDIAN variant of Covid-19 has reached the UK – sparking fears that vaccinated Brits could be infected.

Does the vaccine protect you from the strain? Here's all you need to know.

Does the Covid vaccine protect you from the Indian variant? 

Jabbed-up Brits are protected against the Indian Covid variant, early analysis shows.

The vaccinations offer positive signs of resistance to the spreading mutant strain, it has emerged.

Officials in Whitehall who have seen the limited data available are said to be optimistic about combating the variant, an insider revealed.

The source said: “There’s confidence with the early data”, adding they were “optimistic” about the initial findings.

They said there had only been a rise in cases in the unvaccinated population.

And this morning, Matt Hancock said the "vast majority" of people diagnosed with the super-infectious mutation in hotspots Bolton and Blackburn haven't had the vaccine – despite being eligible.

Which vaccine works best against new Covid strains? 

The AstraZeneca vaccine is 97 per cent effective at dealing with the Indian variant of the Covid, a new study has found.

The study 3,235 vaccinated healthcare workers in India given the AstraZeneca found that only 85 reported symptoms of Covid and just two required hospital treatment.

The study by the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi there had been no deaths or admissions to intensive care of those who have been vaccinated, India Today reports.

Dr Anupam Sibal, group medical director, said: “Our study demonstrated that 97.38 per cent of those vaccinated were protected from an infection and hospitalisation rate was only 0.06 per cent.

“The results of the study show that break-through infections occur only in a small percentage and these are primarily minor infections that do not lead to severe disease.

“There were no ICU admissions or death. Our study makes the case for vaccination stronger."

While there is not yet any data about how Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may protect from the new strain – they may help guard against future viruses from animals, according to new research.

Experts say current mRNA Covid-19 jabs may already offer some protection against killers like MERS or other unknown threats.

In "exciting" experiments, scientists at North Carolina's Duke University tested mRNA vaccines similar to the approved Covid jabs on lab monkeys.

They found they induced antibodies that not only protected against Sars-CoV-2 – which causes Covid-19 – but could also protect against other coronaviruses, reports the Telegraph.

The mRNA-based Covid vaccine works by tricking the body to produce a harmless piece of the virus, triggering an immune response.

Scientists have long warned the next coronavirus-style pandemic may well be just "around the corner."

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