European Union drug watchdog reviewing Astra/Oxford Covid vaccine application

European Union drug watchdog reviewing Astra/Oxford Covid vaccine application

"COVID outbreaks are hindering vaccine development workforce".

Amid the global scramble for coronavirus vaccines, Brazil said Wednesday it would import two million doses of AstraZeneca's Covishield jab from India. "However, the European agency is in the process of the preliminary talks with the Russian developer of the vaccine", he said.

Bolivia has also signed an agreement through the global COVAX initiative, which is backed by the World Health Organization and seeks to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, to receive a further 3.6 million doses of a range of vaccines.

Experts, including Turner, cited data showing the AstraZeneca jab had 62% efficacy compared with over 90% for the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

Turner added that the government must pivot towards getting more of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

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The half-dose injection was actually due to an error and only a small group had followed the second protocol, which raised concerns, prompting the company to announce on November 26 that a "study was being held." additional "to verify these results". "It will be available as soon as the TGA gives its tick, which we expect that it will in February".

Extrapolated across the United Kingdom, it suggests Britain is now receiving fewer than 600,000 doses a week, with plans for five million million a week by the end of February.

The watchdog also said that during its rolling review of the vaccine, it had assessed data from ongoing trials in Britain, Brazil and South Africa.

Its success is largely attributable to closed borders and widespread compliance with social-distancing rules, along with aggressive testing and tracing programmes.

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology recently called on the Australian government to pause its planned rollout of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines, saying it might not be effective enough to generate herd immunity to the virus.

In Queensland, hundreds of hotel quarantine guests were forced to restart their isolation after a handful of cases in the facility were linked to the highly contagious United Kingdom virus strain.

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