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AstraZeneca says late-stage trials of its COVID-19 vaccine were ‘highly effective’ in preventing disease | CBC News


Nov 23, 2020

AstraZeneca stated Monday that late stage trials of its COVID-19 vaccine developed with Oxford University have been “highly effective” in stopping illness.

The outcomes are primarily based on interim evaluation of trials within the U.Okay. and Brazil of the vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca. No hospitalizations or extreme circumstances of COVID-19 have been reported in these receiving the vaccine, AstraZeneca stated.

“These findings show that we have an effective vaccine that will save many lives. Excitingly that one of our dosing regimens may be around 90 per cent effective,” stated Professor Andrew Pollard, the chief investigator for the trial.

The trial checked out two completely different dosing regimens — a half dose of the vaccine adopted by a full dose at the least one month aside was 90 per cent efficient. A second routine utilizing two full doses one month aside was 62 per cent efficient. The mixed outcomes confirmed a mean efficacy charge of 70 per cent.

“This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot stated.

“Furthermore, the vaccine’s simple supply chain and our no-profit pledge and commitment to broad, equitable and timely access means it will be affordable and globally available, supplying hundreds of millions of doses on approval.”

Two different drugmakers, Pfizer and Moderna, final week reported preliminary outcomes from late-stage trials exhibiting that their COVID-19 vaccines have been virtually 95% efficient.


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