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First real world covid-19 vaccine studies show ‘spectacular’ results

First real world covid-19 vaccine studies show ‘spectacular’ results

By Graham Lawton
and Adam Vaughan

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A man talks with a healthcare worker after receiving his covid-19 vaccination in Glasgow

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Finally, some good news. The first real-world studies on the effectiveness of two coronavirus vaccines have shown they are performing “spectacularly well”.

In the first of two results announced today, one dose of vaccine cut hospitalisations due to covid-19 in Scotland by more than 85 per cent.

The research, led by five Scottish universities and Public Health Scotland, involved 99 per cent of Scotland’s 5.4 million people, 1.1 million of whom received a vaccine between 8 December and 15 February.

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