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Moderna or Novavax after AstraZeneca jab confers high Covid immunity, study finds

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Combining a first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine with a second dose of either the Moderna or the Novavax jabs results in far higher levels of neutralising antibodies and T-cells compared with two doses of th...

Covid booster shots significantly strengthen immunity, trial finds

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Covid booster shots can dramatically strengthen the body’s immune defences, according to a study that raises hopes of preventing another wave of severe disease driven by the Omicron variant. In a study published in th...

UK public urged to get Covid booster by 11 December if eligible to avoid waning immunity

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Ministers are urging millions of Britons to get their Covid booster jab by 11 December to ensure they have “very high protection against Covid by Christmas Day” as new evidence shows the risk of infection increases wi...

Trump team thought UK officials ‘out of their minds’ aiming for herd immunity, book says

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US officials thought their British counterparts “were out of their minds” in aiming for herd immunity as part of Boris Johnson’s initial policy on dealing with the coronavirus, according to a new book about the global...

New Zealand children falling ill in high numbers due to Covid ‘immunity debt’

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New Zealand hospitals are experiencing the payoff of “immunity debt” created by Covid-19 lockdowns, with wards flooded by babies with a potentially-deadly respiratory virus, doctors have warned. Wellington has 46 chil...

Brother of Manchester Arena bombers is refused immunity deal

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An application by the elder brother of the Manchester Area bombers for immunity from prosecution in return for answering questions at the public inquiry into the terror attack has been turned down. Ismail Abedi, the b...

Brother of Manchester arena attackers ask for immunity to take part in public inquiry

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The elder brother of the Manchester Arena bombers has asked for immunity from prosecution in return for answering questions at the public inquiry into the terror attack. Ismail Abedi wants a promise from the attorney ...

How will isolation affect long-term immunity?

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Every time you kiss another human being intimately for 10 seconds, more than 80m bacteria are transferred from mouth to mouth. If you’re at a party and double dip your tortilla chip into the salsa three times, around ...

Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity

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The UK’s decision to delay second doses of coronavirus vaccines has received fresh support from research on the over-80s which found that giving the Pfizer/BioNTech booster after 12 weeks rather than three produced a ...