Dr Hilary shares fresh hopes on Covid immunity after ‘encouraging’ vaccine news

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Dr Hilary Jones echoed hopes of what the latest coronavirus vaccine news could tell us about immunity, and how long the protection lasts.

Breaking news on Good Morning Britain on Thursday saw the news of another vaccine appearing to be successful against Covid-19.

The Oxford coronavirus vaccine had showed a strong immune response in adults in their 60s and 70s, in the vulnerable age bracket.

It was revealed it could offer 95% immunity, just days after two other vaccines appeared promising.

The Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna also shared encouraging updates recently, with around an equal protection level.

Good Morning Britain: Dr Hilary Jones repeated hopes that vaccine protection against Covid-19 could last for a long time
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Now, Hilary has discussed the breakthrough on the latest vaccine, and revealed what it could mean.

Asked about how long the virus could protect the public for, he revealed it was too early to say – but shared the hopes based on other vaccines.

He revealed: "It's very encouraging. It's a measured response, it's shown to be very safe with minimal side effects, effective in all age groups which is really important of course as older age groups are the most vulnerable to coronavirus.

There has been some encouraging vaccine news
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"It has been carried out on a larger number of patients, and it means we can look forward to roll out of this vaccine in the coming weeks and months. It's very good news."

Host Ben Shephard asked about how long the vaccine will protect someone, but Hilary said it wasn't possible to know just yet.

He did reveal what was hoped, and what studies have suggested, with other vaccines offering long-lasting immunity.

Ben Shephard asked about immunity
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He said: "What the Oxford trial has shown and told us, and this is breaking news in the last few minutes, the T cell immunity is there within a few days of the first dose, and that the antibodies which circulate in the bloodstream, are detectable 28 days after the second dose, the booster dose.

"So you you are getting effective immunity, 95 percent or there abouts we are told judging by preliminary data, within a month or two of the jabs.

"We don't yet know how long it will last it's impossible to say, but what we estimate is that the T cell response which is the one that is longer lasting, could last as much as 10, 15 years.

Dr Hilary discussed what the vaccine could mean
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"But we don't know that yet, and I wouldn't like people to quote me on it, but in other vaccines where you get a T cell response, that kind of level of protection is what you might get.

"So that is the hope. It might only last six months, it might have to be given every year, but the fact is it is gonna give a short-term protection that is effective and safe."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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