The UK Coronavirus battle is being won with every jab, at least according to the first published 'Real World' data from Scotland.
As Salford's vaccine hubs and army of medical staff and community volunteers continue to vaccinate the most vulnerable within the city, good news came in the form of a study which was carried out by researchers in Scotland, who unveiled that both vaccines being used in the UK can cut hospitalisation rates by up to 95%.
This is fantastic news for those who are hopeful of regaining their freedoms and some kind of normality in the coming months.
Experts from the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, as well as Public Health Scotland, claimed the data provided 'compelling evidence' of the vaccines effect in diminishing the threat of severe illness from the virus.
Professor Aziz Sheikh, the lead researcher in the study, said:
'These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future. We now have national evidence – across an entire country – that vaccination provides protection against Covid-19 hospitalisations.
'Roll-out of the first vaccine dose now needs to be accelerated globally to help overcome this terrible disease.'
The findings echo data from Israel which shows a similar outcome, with Results clearly indicating that the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs slashed the risk of hospital admission from Covid-19 by up to 85 and 94 per cent, respectively, within a month after the first dose.
The findings which were released this morning will only bolster vaccination efforts, with the PM, Mr Boris Johnson vowing to inoculate every adult in the country with at least the first dose by the end of July.
Medical experts are quick to remind people of the need to maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future, we still have a long way to go and many months ahead before we hit those targets in what has been the largest vaccination drive in British history.
Professor Chris Whitty, who is the Chief Medical Officer for England, said the study,
'provides encouraging early data on the impact of vaccination on reducing hospitalisations'.
As of time of writing there have been 474 tragic deaths at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, with the latest death reported yesterday,
Some good news came over the weekend though, as it was revealed that the vaccines DO cut transmission of the virus by up to two thirds, which will help slow the spread.
With almost a third of the adults in the UK (17.5m) having already received their first shots, the first steps to freedom are being made.