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Boris Johnson confident on AstraZeneca vaccine

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “very confident” in all the vaccines the UK is currently using to combat the coronavirus.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "very confident" in all the vaccines the UK is currently using to combat the coronavirus.

"We're very confident in all the vaccines that we're using and I think it's important for people to bear in mind that all of them, we think, are effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness and death, which is the most important thing," Johnson said Monday.

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His comments come a day after South Africa paused its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine after early data from a study showed that it offered "minimal protection" against mild or moderate illness caused by the more contagious virus variant first identified there, known as B.1.351.

The UK is currently administering the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines.

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According to the government's dashboard more than 12 million people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.

Mr Johnson said the government will continue to "study" the results and effectiveness of the vaccine rollout and will be "looking at the ways in which the population is starting to respond to the vaccines" ahead of setting out a strategy for the country to exit lockdown on February 22.

When asked about the UK's border controls, Mr Johnson responded that despite having "amongst the toughest border controls of anywhere in the world", border controls are "most effective" when you've got the infection rate down in your country."

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"We've greatly reduced the rate of infection from the peak where it was a few weeks ago but it's still extremely high. And for border controls, to make that final difference so that you can isolate new variants as they come in, you need to have infections really much lower so you can track them as they spread," he continued.

"But that doesn't mean that we're not going to be relying very much on border controls, as we get the rates of infection down overall, stopping it coming in, tracking the people who have a new variants," Johnson added.

Source: 9News

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