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Will the spreading Indian strain lock the country again?

Although the Delta variant (formerly the Indian strain) of the coronavirus is gaining ground in the UK, the increase in infections has not led to crowds in British hospitals. That is what the British health minister Matt Hancock told in the House of Commons on Monday. Only three fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized after infection.

What do we call the worrying variants of the coronavirus?

  • The British variant becomes the Alpha variant
  • The South African variant becomes the beta variant
  • The Brazilian variant becomes the gamma variant
  • The Indian variant becomes the Delta variant

The positive effect of vaccination has been proven once again, Hancock said. He called on all British who had doubts about the vaccination to make an appointment.

In the United Kingdom, 12,383 infections with the Indian variant have now been detected. A total of 126 coronavirus patients were hospitalised. According to Hancock, the distribution was as follows::

  • 126 recordings
  • 83 persons not vaccinated
  • 28 persons partially vaccinated
  • 3 persons fully vaccinated
  • 3 people had just had their first shot

Of the remaining subjects, their vaccination status was unknown

Are vaccines effective against the Delta variant?

The effectiveness of vaccines against coronavirus variants has been a subject of much debate in recent months. Studies showed that the drugs might have a slightly less protective effect against various variants, because the antibodies produced could react less well to the variants.

Several pharmacists have since shown that their vaccines are indeed slightly less effective, but still offer (ample) sufficient protection against dangerous coronavirus variants such as the Delta variant.

In the United Kingdom, more than three-quarters of adults have been punctured at least once. Almost half of all adults have already been fully vaccinated. From Tuesday, the first 20-year-olds can make an appointment for a vaccination.

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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