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South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations amid concern over efficacy in nations dominant variant

South Africa has suspended the start of its AstraZeneca inoculation programme over concerns the shot does not work effectively on the South African variant.

A study published found that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab was not effective at preventing mild illness caused by the more infectious South African mutation.

One trial showed the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine provides only “minimal” protection against mild to moderate Covid-19 caused by the variant first detected in South Africa.

The findings mean an adaptation or a third dose may need to be added to current vaccination programmes.

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