As new variants are very speedily evolving, the UK government is now investing more money to fast-track vaccines. That will fight against new variants of coronavirus. The vaccine which is present can only protect against those that are in Kent and South Africa. But according to experts, it is essential to stay one step ahead of the continuously changing virus. So, this investment is a preparation against future variants.
Intervening time, the minister says that no decisions are confirmed. That all people over 50 will take booster doses. It is also possible that before winter all the pepole over 50 will get the third injection. Nadhim Zahawi claim that it is not sure still. But the NHS teams are ready to provide the booster with injections from September.
The extra investment from the government is 29.3m Euro on top of 19.7m Euro. And it will speed up testing facilities at the Porton Down research Laboratory. The cash invested in the research centers will allow the scientists to test 3000 blood samples in a week. To know about the antibodies against the Covid-19 produced by different vaccines.
In autumn, the UK government is already planning for the booster. That is the Covid vaccine programme to fight the most vulnerable situations ahead of winter. It ordered 60 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week. And there are also possibilities that it will use the updated vaccines produced against the recent variants of Covid-19.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said that they are aimed to support the UK’s life-science industry. Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK health security agency said: that the most significant risk of the third wave in the UK. That can escape the present vaccine is the evolution of a new variant. And this extra investment will make us stay a step ahead of the virus. The current vaccine is also expected to protect against new variants. Specifically, it prevents severe illness and death.
The UK government also publicized the deal with the drug-making company CureVac. It is to generate vaccines against the future variant of Covid-19. And it has already ordered 50 million doses.
On Tuesday, UK has reported 1,946 daily infections and four deaths within 28 days of the positive test.