The risk of spread of the deadly virus could be completely eliminated by this Christmas thanks to an extra jab, according to the Times. The third vaccine would be offered to all members of the public aged 50 or over.
There are two possible jabs being tested in a project overseen by Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer.
One of the options involved taking an extra shot of the three vaccines already distributed in the UK - Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.
The other alternative would require a jab specifically altered to ward off new mutations of the pathogen.
Existing jabs are able to fight off mutations, but have proven weaker against certain variants such as the one that originated in South Africa.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Covid end? Additional jab for over-50s could help eliminate virus before end of year (Image: Getty)
According to the Times, it is only believed to be necessary to provide the vaccine to the over-50s and other groups that may be at a higher risk.
A senior government minister told the publication: “We will have a lot to say about