Vaccinations helped push down England's COVID infection rates sharply in March -study

By Reuters5 days ago

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Recasts with quotes from briefing with researchers

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) - The swift rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in England is starting to have a positive impact, with infection rates dropping steeply in March, according to the findings of a closely watched survey on Thursday.

The REACT study, run by scientists at Imperial College London, found that infections fell by approximately 60% from the last study in February, with an average of only one in 500 people infected.

Paul Elliott, director of the REACT programme, said the “gratifying fall in infections“ was “really good news“ and “shows were headed in the right direction“.

As well as reflecting the impact of a three-month long lockdown, he said it was also a sign that the vaccination campaign was having an effect.

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