Monday, April 22, 2024

Covid-19: “Game-changer” Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine approved for use in UK

THE coronavirus vaccine designed by scientists at the University of Oxford has been approved for use in the UK reports the BBC.

It will lead to a massive expansion in the UK’s immunisation campaign – aimed at getting life back to normal.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rollout will start on 4 January “and will really accelerate into the first few weeks of next year”.

The UK has ordered 100 million doses from the manufacturer AstraZeneca – enough to vaccinate 50 million people.

The approval, by the medicines regulator, means the vaccine is both safe and effective.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was designed in the first months of 2020, tested on the first volunteer in April, and has since been through large-scale clinical trials involving thousands of people.

It has been developed at a pace that would have been unthinkable before the pandemic.


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