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Vaccines work in the real world, new data shows

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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(CNN)There's more good news on vaccines. Real-life data from the United Kingdom has shown that the vaccination rollout is having a positive impact -- even after just one dose.

A study carried out by Public Health England on healthcare workers aged under 65 showed that a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine provides high levels of protection against infection and symptomatic disease.

The data follows on from a similar study published in Israel earlier this month, which showed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduced symptomatic coronavirus infections by more than 90% in the real world.

Separate data from Scotland, also released yesterday, suggests that four weeks after the initial dose, the Pfizer vaccine reduces the risk of hospital admission from Covid-19 by up to 85% -- and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine cuts it by up to 94%.

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Tracking Covid-19 vaccinations worldwide

At least 97 countries and territories have administered more than 208 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine between them.

Across the United States and Europe, new facilities are opening to help the growing number of people still suffering from Covid-19 symptoms many months after their initial diagnosis.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a four-step roadmap to take England out of its Covid-19 lockdown, declaring on Monday that the nation was on a "one-way road to freedom. "Meet the volunteers going door-to-door to ensure people get vaccinated.

The US FDA has issued updated guidance for companies that plan to adapt their Covid-19 medical products for new coronavirus variants. A new study shows that people who lose their sense of smell and taste because of Covid-19 may not get them back for months.

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