Coronavirus: fully vaccinated people three times less likely to test positive, study finds

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People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are three times less likely to test positive compared to those who haven’t received any jab, a study found.


Researchers at the REACT programme, led by Imperial College London, monitored almost 100,000 people in England between 24 June and 12 July. During this period, 0.63% of people were infected, or 1 in 158.


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The number of infections was similar to early October 2020 and late January 2021, the university said.


“These findings confirm our previous data showing that both doses of a vaccine offer good protection against getting infected. However we can also see that there is still a risk of infection, as no vaccine is 100% effective, and we know that some double vaccinated people can still become ill from the virus,” said Professor Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme.


“So even with the easing of restrictions, we should still act with caution to help protect one another and curb the rate of infections.”


The latest economic data has shown that the recovery of the UK’s services sector slowed in July, with the PMI standing at 59.6 in July, down from 62.4 in June.


It was due to inflation, staff shortages and supply issues constraining business capacity, leading to a strong rise in backlogs of work during the month.


“The good news is that Covid-19 cases have fallen substantially since mid-July, which should enable the recovery to regain some momentum,” economists at Pantheon Macroeconomics said.


“But with incomes coming under pressures from higher CPI inflation and the withdrawal of government support at the end of this quarter, the recovery is unlikely to return to the pace of growth seen earlier in the year.”

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