COVID-19: South African variant 'not expected to become UK's dominant coronavirus strain'

The South African variant of COVID-19 is not expected to become the UK's dominant strain in the next few months, England's deputy chief medical officer has said.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said that several vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer have released preliminary data about their jabs' effect on the South African variant.

They "do give me confidence that there is still likely to be a substantial effect of the current vaccines, in terms of reducing serious illness - even if infections are not as well prevented", he said at a Downing Street news conference.