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Saudi Arabia approves use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Saudi Arabia approves use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine”

This compares to 55% protection when the second doses were given after a six-week interval.

"Vaccine supply is likely to be limited, at least in the short term, and so policy-makers must decide how best to deliver doses to achieve the greatest public health benefit", said the study's lead author, Andrew Pollard, who is with Oxford, in a statement provided by The Lancet.

Scientists are urging people to have two doses of the vaccine to increase its protection levels.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday disclosed that it has approved the use of Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccine for Emergency Use Listing by World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria.

The private sector could purchase the vaccine from overseas and the government in his regard did not impose any restriction, he assured.

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"As you are aware this is in the context of more than 26,000 health care workers have been infected with Covid-19, which is 12.5 per cent of all infections in the State".

The Department of Health is not expecting the 5,700 first doses and 3,700 second doses of Moderna vaccine to Wyoming locations this week due to the weather problems in other states.

Pakistan this month started the anti-coronavirus vaccination drive with 500,000 doses of Sinopharm's vaccine donated by its ally China. They said the efficacy results were supported by immune response results in the participants, which found that binding antibody responses were more than two-fold higher in the group having their two vaccines with a longer delay. For this reason, a second dose of vaccine is still recommended.

"We now have all the pieces in place for the rapid distribution of vaccines".

The Institute said clinical trials of the vaccine had shown "reactions usually occur shortly after vaccination and are not associated with more severe or prolonged illness".



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