October 26, 2021

Coronavirus live: Western Australia details vaccine rollout; more than 11.4m in UK have had first jab

Oxford Covid shot less effective against S African variant, study suggests Netherlands cases pass 1m...

10.40pm GMT

AstraZeneca said on Saturday its vaccine developed with the University of Oxford appeared to offer only limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African Covid variant, based on early data from a trial, Reuters reports.

The study from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University showed the vaccine had significantly reduced efficacy against the South African variant, according to a Financial Times report published earlier in the day.

10.26pm GMT

A major teaching hospital in England has been forced to suspend its vaccination clinics because it does not have enough eligible people to be vaccinated, reports the Observer’s James Tapper.

Related: Cambridge hospital halts jabs with doses to spare

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