The minister also confirmed that vaccination under the National Health Service (NHS) will be opened for people below the age of 30 in the next few days.
Matt Hancock (File Photo)
Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday that the delta or B1.617.2 form of the coronavirus is 40 percent more contagious than the alpha or so-called Kent form (VOC). The senior cabinet minister said that the recent increase in the cases of coronavirus infection in the country is due to the spread of delta form and this has made the unlock plan scheduled from June 21 more difficult.
He, however, pointed out that most of the people admitted to the hospital were not vaccinated because of the delta nature and that only ‘very few’ people had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. The minister said this reflects the scientific advice that a single dose of the vaccine against the delta form of the cause of concern is not as effective as the alpha form and that taking both doses is the only prevention.
Two doses of vaccine will provide complete protection
Hancock told Sky News that with this figure we can say that this form is about 40 percent more contagious, that’s the latest advice I have. This means that viruses with the delta form are more difficult to manage but importantly we believe that taking two doses of vaccines will give you the same protection as the previous form.
The minister also confirmed that vaccination under the National Health Service (NHS) would be opened up to people under the age of 30 in the next few days. He said that this week we will open the vaccination campaign for those below the age of 30 and thus we will be one step closer to the point when we will be able to vaccinate all adults in the country.
Option ‘Fully open’
Asked whether there would be any delay in the June 21 deadline to end all lockdown restrictions in the country, Hancock said the government had “completely” open’. The testing of the standards set by the government for unlock also includes that the nature of the dangerous virus has not changed fundamentally.
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