UK travel ban against SA to remain until more hard data on vaccines available

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Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa. (Supplied)
Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa. (Supplied)

Scientists in the UK are working "flat out" to try to determine how well Covid-19 vaccines are working against new variants of the virus, but for the time being, travel restrictions against South Africa will remain in place indefinitely.

"The challenge we are facing at the moment is there is very little hard data on efficacy of the vaccines, particularly the ones we are using in the UK vaccination programme, against the various new variants [of the virus] that were discovered, particularly the one that was first sequenced in South Africa," said Nigel Casey, who has just finished his term as UK high commissioner in Pretoria.

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