Evidence looks good on COVID vaccines cutting transmission: UK minister

FILE PHOTO: British Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain February 4, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON — The evidence indicates that vaccines are proving effective at cutting the transmission of COVID-19, Britain’s vaccines minister said on Monday ahead of a government announcement on a path out of lockdown.

“Suffice to say the evidence looks good,” Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News when asked if vaccines were effective at cutting infections and hospitalisations.

“We wouldn’t be in this place this morning to be able to say that we’re going to reopen schools on March 8, and … as school holidays begin on March 29, we will look at the rule of six and two families being (able) to see each other outdoors … if we’re not confident that actually the vaccine programme is beginning to really bear fruit.”


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