Five things to know about the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine

Katie Ramirez
March 11, 2021

Around the world, nearly 305 million vaccine doses have been injected, according to an AFP count at 1200 GMT Monday, with the United States in the lead in absolute terms at 90 million doses.

Over half a million users have signed up for Dr. B, and the site is helping people in Arkansas & New York get soon-to-expire doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

There's been widespread discussion on the difficulties of obtaining a vaccination appointment in various areas of the US, as people have been refreshing their browsers and making a job of trying to snag their first vaccination injection as soon as it's available.

Pledging new funding for COVAX is critical, but more can be done to scale up vaccine access by sharing excess vaccines, transferring technology, offering voluntary licensing or even waiving intellectual property rights.

Medical experts outside government are adamant the October goal is more likely to be achieved by the end of the year.

Britain's vaccine drive is gathering pace, with Matt Hancock revealing on Friday that two in five adults have now been vaccinated as deaths fall "faster and faster".

Tensions boiled over into diplomatic relations in the same month when the European Union invoked a Brexit deal protocol over export controls on coronavirus vaccines.

The country's national health agency emphasised it was not yet possible to conclude a link between the vaccine and clots.

Nations such as Germany and Italy have finally authorised it for the age group in hopes of accelerating their vaccination campaigns.

Ogun receives 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine
CDC guidelines stating vaccinated people can hold maskless gatherings with people in their home, including non-vaccinated people. Three COVID-19 variants have been confirmed in OH , but the state's chief medical officer says he's not too anxious about them.

"Europe is short of vaccine due to its own stupidity".

Onetime director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Jung Ki-suck said in a phone call with The Korea Herald Thursday morning that his reaction to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been mild so far, though "more feisty" than the seasonal flu vaccine.

Last week, a Swedish-British pharmaceutical company requested permission from the Italian government to export 250,000 doses of the vaccine to Australia from its plant near Rome.

Southeast Asia's largest economy expanded movement restrictions to three provinces starting next week to curb the pandemic spread, while trying to recover an economy that previous year contracted for the first time in two decades.

"We have no burning platform in Australia".

The efficacy rate of Covishield, the locally-manufactured version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, is over 80% when there's a gap of 12 weeks between its two doses.

"So we did it here".

"So, while these initial doses of AstraZeneca that have come in from overseas have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and now batch tested, (they) will be rolled out".

"What will follow that is, ultimately, the approval of the manufacturing process here in Australia for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will launch the next very significant phase of the homegrown vaccination of Australians for COVID-19".

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