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COVID vaccine and asthma: why most sufferers won't be prioritised in the next phase of rollout

By Grace C Roberts, Research Fellow in Virology, Queen's University Belfast
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Over 16 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. The government is now expanding the vaccine rollout to more people, including those who are “clinically vulnerable”. But millions of people with asthma will not be in this priority group, which may sound surprising, given that asthma is a respiratory disease.

Certainly, in the early days of the pandemic, asthmatics were considered to be an extremely vulnerable…

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