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UK approves Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID. Mexico set aside 77.4 million


The #Ministry of #Health indicated that the #Government accepted the recommendation of the regulators to use this vaccine after “rigorous clinical trials” and “an analysis of the data by experts from the MHRA.”

#London, #Dec 30 (EFE) .- The regulators of the UK have approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by #Oxford #University and the pharmaceutical #AstraZeneca, the #British #Ministry of #Health reported on #Wednesday.

The #Medical and #Health #Products #Regulatory #Agency (MHRA) has given the go-ahead to this preparation, the second that enters the program immunization against coronavirus started on the 8th in the UK.

#In addition to the #Oxford / #AstraZeneca vaccine, considered safe and effective, the country is vaccinating with the #Pfizer / #BioNTech vaccine.

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The UK already has a commitment of 100 million doses of the #Oxford / #AstraZeneca preparation, which will allow 50 million people to be vaccinated, as two doses are required.

#In a statement, the #Ministry of #Health indicated that the #Government accepted the recommendation of regulators to use this vaccine after “rigorous clinical trials” and “an analysis of the data by experts from the MHRA.”

#Regulators, the ministry added, concluded that the vaccine “meets strict levels of safety, quality and effectiveness.”

The data published in early #December in the medical journal The #Lancet stated that the vaccine is 62 percent effective when two full doses of the vaccine are given, but that it is 90% effective when half the first dose is given followed by a full one in the second.

The #Oxford / #AstraZeneca preparation is easier to store as it can be kept in a normal refrigerator, like the flu vaccine, while the #Pfizer / #BioNTech preparation needs to be stored at a temperature of minus 70 degrees #Celsius.

The UK started the immunization scheme this month when #Margaret #Keenan, 91, became the first person in the country and the world to receive the #Pfizer / #BioNTech preparation.

The go-ahead from regulators comes a day after the #United #Kingdom recorded its highest number of COVID-19 infections in 24 hours yesterday, with 53,135 new cases, as well as another 414 deaths caused by the disease, according to the #Government.

The number of new infections exceeds by almost 12,000 the record for a single day, which had been reached on #Monday, with 41,385 cases.

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