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Covid-19: Oxford vaccine offers less South African variant protection

Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine offers “minimal protection” against mild disease from the South Africa variant, scientists say early trials suggest. A new study, not yet peer reviewed, involved about 2,000 people who were on average 31 years old. But Prof Sarah Gilbert, Oxford lead vaccine developer, said vaccines should still protect against severe disease. She said developers were likely to have a modified Oxford jab by the autumn to combat the South Africa variant. Meanwhile, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that a booster in the autumn and annual…

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Ghanaian blind student dragged from Oxford chamber ‘feels worthless’

A Ghanaian visually impaired student who was violently removed from a chamber of a prestigious debating society has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Ebenezer Azamati, 25, was manhandled out of the Oxford Union debating chamber by his feet and ejected from the building. He was accosted by a security guard when he attempted to return to a seat he had earlier reserved for the October 17 debate. A Video footage of the incident shows distressed Azamati being forcibly removed from his chair after he resisted efforts to drag him out…

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