AstraZeneca could have COVID-19 vaccine against variant by end-2021
A modified version of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine tailored to combat a coronavirus variant first documented in South Africa could be ready by ...
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Share this contentBookmarkZURICH: A modified version of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine tailored to combat a coronavirus variant first documented in South Africa could be ready by the end of 2021, an AstraZeneca official in Austria said in an interview published on Sunday (Apr 18).
Sarah Walters, AstraZeneca's Austria country manager, told the Kurier newspaper that studies, so far, indicating the existing AstraZeneca vaccine was less effective against the more infectious variant first documented in South Africa were"too small to draw final conclusions". headtopics.com
AdvertisementAdvertisement"In the meantime, AstraZeneca and Oxford University have started on modifications to the vaccine for the South African variant and we expect it will be ready by the end of the year, should it be needed," Walters told the Kurier.
READ: Australia reports first death from blood clots 'likely' linked to AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccineWalters blamed challenges - including delivery delays for the AstraZeneca shot in the EU - on the"complex process" of producing a vaccine, coupled with the extremely high demand arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
"We had to work without keeping a supply in reserve. As a result, we couldn't make up for unexpected events," she said."We are confident that we will fulfill our commitment to deliver 300 million doses to the European Union this year."
AdvertisementAdvertisementREAD: How worried should we be about blood clots linked to AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines?The Kurier interview did not directly address ongoing investigations into health concerns over the AstraZeneca shot. The EU has put a warning label on the vaccine over its possible linkage to extremely rare blood clots, Denmark has completely halted use of the vaccine and Britain has advised people under 30 to get another brand of vaccine. headtopics.com
READ: Denmark undecided on fate of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines: Health ministryAsked about"thousands" of people in Austria who are cancelling their appointments for AstraZeneca shots, Walters said the company's plan was"to continue to transparently provide information about efficacy and safety to doctors, so that they can adequately inform people" of benefits and risks.
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I’m affraid by that time there will already be many new variants 😔, considering how things are going.... Quick please approve AZ vaccines! Chimpanzee didn't work. Try donkey.