'Vaccines should work against new coronavirus strain'

Vaccines should work against new coronavirus strain: UK adviser

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tougher coronavirus restrictions for London

Britain on December 8 hailed a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it begins the biggest vaccination programme in the country's history with a new Covid-19 jab. Credit: AFP Photo

Britain's chief scientific adviser said on Saturday that Covid-19 vaccines appeared to be adequate in generating an immune response to a new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus.

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Patrick Vallance also told reporters that more public health measures were needed to keep the new variant under control.

He was speaking shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tougher coronavirus restrictions for London and the south-east of England.