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Public information campaign to be rolled out on vaccination of over 70s

Public information campaign to be rolled out on vaccination of over 70s”

Novavax on Thursday released initial results from a United Kingdom trial showing its vaccine to be 89.3% effective in preventing COVID-19, and was almost as effective in protecting against the more highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first discovered in the UK.

Johnson & Johnson says its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing severe cases of COVID-19, but not as well as other two-shot variants of the vaccine that are already on the market.

Novavax will initially focus its data review from the USA trial on the primary goal of preventing moderate to severe COVID-19, and subsequently analyze the shot's effectiveness against various concerning virus variants that have emerged.

Benefits include that it only requires one dose - as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer's two-dose inoculations - and that it can be stored in a regular refrigerator.

Main image: A man receives a coronavirus vaccine from medical staff at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to the Associated Press, the vaccine was 72% effective in preventing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 in the US, while only 57% effective in South Africa.

Novavax and Johnson & Johnson have said that their coronavirus vaccine candidates have shown encouraging Phase 3 trial results. It also protected against the potent South Africa variant, though at a lower rate. Although the Facebook post doesn't make it clear which vaccine specifically was used, both major vaccines need to be frozen in order to not go bad.

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Irish-born Emma Cooke, head of the EMA said:"While there are not yet enough results in older participants -over 55 years old-to provide a figure for how well the vaccine will work in this group protection is expected, given that an immune response is seen in this age group and based on experience with other vaccines".

"If this jab is approved this could significantly bolster our vaccination programme, especially as a single-dose vaccine".

"'I would much prefer only to have to go in to get my one shot rather than to have to go in a month or three weeks later to get my second shot", he said.

Pulendran said a prospective single-dose vaccine would have an "enormous public health impact".

The UK has ordered 60 million doses of the US -developed Novavax vaccine, which has 90 percent efficacy during trials so far.



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