COVID-19: Government comes under increasing pressure over Brazil variant

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The Prime Minister has stressed the UK’s border controls remain some of the toughest in the world – despite growing criticism over how a Brazilian COVID-19 variant of concern – made it to the UK.
 
Boris Johnson has said there’s "no reason" to think vaccines won’t be effective against the variant.
 
But, there are concerns that one of the six cases identified so far is yet to be traced, meaning authorities don’t know if the mystery person is self-isolating.
 
There was encouraging news though on how vaccines are helping prevent the need for hospitalisation in the over 80s.

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