As many as 92,029 cases of Delta variant have been reported by Public Health England (PHE) as on June 21 resulting in 117 deaths out of which 109 were above the age of 50 years. UK which was on the recovery path after confronting almost three waves of Covid-19 pandemic, fresh Delta variant cases have become a matter of concern as it accounts to almost 95% of the cases in UK.
UK was among the first lot of nations to have started vaccinating people against the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of the ‘advanced’ vaccines including AstraZeneca and Pfizer have been developed here and make up for the bulk of its vaccination program.
Almost 85% of UK adults have now received 1 dose of vaccine while about 62% have received both doses. Surge in fresh Covid-19 cases due to Delta variant seeks to destabilize UK’s fight against the pandemic. And, what poses bigger threat is the mutation of Delta strain into Delta + variant, which is understood to be far more infectious and detrimental. In view of this, the efficacy of the vaccines against neutralizing the new variants of Covid-19 are being suspected all over the world.