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A simple third dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may be enough to work as a booster without having to tweak it, a new study reported by PA suggests.
An Oxford University study found that giving people a third dose more than six months after their second led to a substantial rise in antibodies and increased the body’s T-cell ability to fight coronavirus, including its variants.
Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said it is not yet known whether people will need a booster shot in the autumn but the new data shows the existing vaccine could be effective.
Australia is concerned about low rates of vaccinations among indigenous communities, Katharine Murphy and Lorena Allam report.
The minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, says he is worried about low vaccination rates in remote communities after a cluster of Covid-19 cases connected to a goldmine in the Northern Territory increased to seven on Monday.
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