More confidence vaccines work on all variants – PM


There is “increasing confidence” that Covid-19 vaccines are effective against all variants, including the Indian one, Boris Johnson has said.

At Prime Minister’s Questions, he said fresh data had been reviewed earlier on Wednesday.

He also thanked people in Indian variant hotspots Bolton and Blackburn for getting a jab “in record numbers”.

The spread of the Indian variant has cast doubt on plans to ease remaining restrictions in England next month.

On Tuesday, the prime minister said there was “nothing conclusive” in current data that meant England “would have to deviate from the roadmap” out of lockdown. This means legal limits on social contact could still end on 21 June.

However, he also said the situation with the Indian variant was being closely reviewed and ministers would share more in the next few days.