Covid strain found in India can
'spread like wildfire', says UK
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the coronavirus
variant first detected in India can "spread like wildfire" among
those who haven't received a vaccine against the disease.
The variant is "becoming the dominant strain in some parts of the
country" such as Bolton and Blackburn, Xinhua news agency
quoted Hancock as saying to Sky News on Sunday.
But on a more positive note, he said there is a "high degree of
confidence" that the current vaccines are effective against the
Hancock urged those who are eligible for vaccination but have not
yet booked an appointment to come forward to get their jab.
The Health Secretary described the current situation as "a race
between the vaccination program and the virus", with the new
variant having "given the virus some extra legs in that race".
"And so even with the protection that the vaccine gives you -- the
vaccine protection is very high but it is not absolute." Read More