Coronavirus live: Pfizer jab has 100% efficacy against South Africa variant and offers strong antibody response in over-80s

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1.55pm BST Sicily’s health chief resigned on Tuesday after being targeted in an investigation over the alleged falsifying of Covid-19 figures to avoid a strict lockdown.According to prosecutors, who put a number of people under house arrest and the Sicilian health chief, Ruggero Razza, under investigation, health authorities in Sicily allegedly altered the number of new Covid cases and the number of Covid tests as part of a “grievous political design” to avoid the region being classed as a high-risk red zone and put on hard lockdown. 1.45pm BST Malaysia has detected nine cases of a highly contagious Covid variant first identified in South Africa, a senior health official has confirmed. The variant, also known as B.1.351, was found among locally transmitted cases between January and March, the director-general of health, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said in a statement.However, it is difficult to determine or verify how the B.1.351 variant was spread or transmitted to those workers. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2021-04-01 13:03:54

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Coronavirus live: Pfizer jab has 100% efficacy against South Africa variant and offers strong antibody response in over-80s  
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