UK study: Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 jabs highly effective in elderly

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 3, 2021

Those results compare to the high bar set by the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE and Moderna vaccines, which were around 95 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the "exciting new data" as "extremely good news".

"We can not afford the vaccine sitting around and not being used because some of those entitled reject it", Baden-Wuerttemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann told Welt am Sonntag.

Australian National University infectious diseases physician, Professor Sanjaya Senanayake said the vaccine could be another good option for Australia to endorse.

Since January, protection against symptomatic COVID, 4 weeks after the first dose, ranged between 57 and 61% for one dose of Pfizer and between 60 and 73% for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

"If we decide that essential workers, for example, will be able to... get early access to AstraZeneca, earlier than they would in the age-based process then they might be interested in doing that", Dix said. That will include whether to give AstraZeneca doses to people aged 65 and older, who were studied less than other age groups in official trials, but have been immunized in several countries, including the United Kingdom.

"On 3 February 2021, The Lancet journal said, 'COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca confirms 100 per cent protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death in the primary analysis of phase three trials'".

He told a Downing Street news conference that Public Health England data, which found the vaccine is more than 80 percent effective at preventing hospital admission up to four weeks after the first dose, "clearly vindicated" Britain's approach.

Greg Hunt and Rachel Stephen-Smith
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and his ACT counterpart Rachel Steven Smith have said both vaccines are safe and effective

He said the data "gives us those first glimpses of how, if we are patient, and we give this vaccine programme time to have its full effect, it is going to hopefully take us into a very different world in the next few months".

Reimer also said the online booking system already exists, but is being limited to a small pool of people who are now eligible for a vaccine, so the province can work out any bugs before thousands of people log on.

The committee, which makes recommendations to governments on the use of newly approved vaccines for humans, said in documents posted Monday it does not recommend the vaccine for those 65 and older "due to limited information on [its] efficacy" in that age group.

Bio-tech giant CSL will manufacture 50 million doses of this vaccine which most Australians will receive.

Several medical experts including Dr. Stephen Hwang say Canadians do not have the luxury to pick-and-choose as long as COVID-19 cases continue to rage in several hot spots and strain health-care systems.

Mr Hancock said he was "highly confident" getting children back in the classroom was the "right thing to do".

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance.

You'll nearly certainly need to make an appointment, regardless of where you're going to get the jab. Only call NHS 111 if you can not cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days.

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