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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works against the contagious virus variant first found in UK: Study shows

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The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine works against the contagious coronavirus variant first found in the UK, an early study shows. Researchers studied lab-made versions of both the original coronavirus and the variant, which has spread around the world. Whilst the results are reassuring, they have not yet been peer-reviewed.

The COVID-19 shot co-developed by Pfizer and BioNTech works against the contagious coronavirus variant first found in the UK,a new study from the companies has shown.

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Antibodies that stop the virus from entering cells worked just as well against the variant, which experts believe is between 30% and 50% more infectious, as against the original strain under lab conditions, the authors reported.

Pfizer’s vaccine was 95% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in trials. But it was designed for the original virus, rather than variants with mutations that are spreading around the world.

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The vaccine has already been distributed worldwide including to the UK, EU, US, Israel, and Japan. More than 8.8 million Pfizer shots have been given to Americans.

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