UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the country’s new variant of COVID-19 may carry a greater risk of death.
- Boris Johnson says both vaccines are effective against the new variant
- Early studies suggest the UK variant could be more transmissible as well
- Data suggests the rate of new infections may be slowing down
Mr Johnson said the impact of the new variant, which is already known to be more transmissible, was putting the National Health Service (NHS) under “intense pressure”.
However, the Prime Minister said current evidence showed both vaccines remained effective against old and new variants.
“We’ve been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new…