A British junior health minister said in an interview on Monday that there is no proof that AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is not as efficacious against the new strain of the virus.

This comes as South Africa has decided to put a hold on AstraZeneca’s vaccine, citing a low efficacy rate.

Virus strains in UK

Speaking to Sky News , Britain’s Edward Argar said: “There is no evidence that this vaccine is not effective in preventing hospitalisation and severe illness and death, which ultimately is what we’re seeking with these vaccines today.”

He added: “The dominant strains in this country are not the South African strain, there are a small number of cases of that, the dominant strains here are the historic one we’ve had, and then the Kent variant, against which this vaccine is highly effective.”

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British Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi also stated that the jabs “appear to work well” against the variants currently dominant in the UK, BBC reported.

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According to previous studies, the British pharmaceutical’s Covid-19 vaccine had demonstrated 75 per cent efficacy against the wild type virus while it only provides 22 per cent protection against the new variant of the coronavirus.