An update on vaccines and new strains of COVID-19

These are the last two of 4 recent informative features on the COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr Stephen Spiteri, a general practitioner and Shadow Minister of Health says:

‘The new strains of COVID-19 virus are an added stumbling block and these new strains may be more infective. At the moment what we are seeing that the new strains are not as life threatening but the rate of infection is higher and it is 70% more infective. This is going to have an impact on the control the contagion’

Professor Calum Semple OBE, a specialist in outbreak medicine and a member of the board of SAGE says:

‘The scientific importance is that we have generated a protective response in the older population.  I support the work that is done in Oxford and it is a very happy time for us’

Professor Mark Brincat says:

‘Viruses have the potential to evolve very rapidly and it is inevitable to see variants at this stage. The vaccine does not enter the nucleus of the cells where our DNA is stored and therefore cannot effect our DNA’

You can watch Part 3 and 4 of these features via these links. Should you have any queries please do send them in and we will line them up to be addressed by a healthcare specialist during our forthcoming tv programmes.

Part 3

Part 4

Part 1 and Part 2 can be viewed by clicking on the links.