Its official — delaying second dose of Covid vaccine saves lives – The Times

The first real-world data from the vaccine rollout shows “promising evidence” that justifies the delayed second dose approach, a senior government vaccine adviser revealed last night.

Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation, said people who have been vaccinated are enjoying “high levels of protection from the first dose” which was reducing infections and saving lives.

Public Health England is expected to publish the data within days. It will guide Boris Johnson and his advisers as they finalise plans to ease the national lockdown. By yesterday the number of people vaccinated exceeded 11 million.

The data shows infection rates in the over-eighties have fallen dramatically in the past month.

Some medical professionals have criticised the UK’s approach, which delayed