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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...

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...

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...

Nearly three-quarters of Americans have some Covid immunity, experts say

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Almost three-quarters of Americans are now estimated to have some level of immunity to the Omicron Covid variant that created havoc after it emerged late last year just as people hoped the pandemic was finally waning....

Covid immunity declines steeply in care home residents in England – study

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Immunity declines steeply among care home residents in the months after Covid vaccination, a study has found, leading to calls for regular boosters for the most vulnerable. The study of more than 15,000 care home resi...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...