'Pivotal moment' as Britain set to roll out AstraZeneca vaccine

Monday, 04 Jan, 2021

The remaining 50 per cent of the vaccine price will be paid once the Directorate General of Drug Administration gives its approval, they added. A United Kingdom grandmother became the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab last month.

Africa has few options to procure Covid-19 vaccines as the outbreak of the disease worsens across many parts of the continent, South Africa's presidency said.

However, even the President had to admit that the company had not clarified whether or not Africa would actually benefit from the vaccines manufactured on its soil.

Zayed confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of infections over the past two months and she expects the rate of infections to continue to rise during the winter season.

The issues around supply are being raised as the United Kingdom is set to begin the rollout of the Oxford vaccine among the elderly and frontline workers from Monday after it received regulatory approval on Wednesday. First On 3 sent people out to investigate and people told them that friends or family members who were helping to administer the vaccine told them to come out.

Importing the doses prior to approval will enable vaccination to begin as soon as Anvisa okays its use, the regulator said.

"Either of the now authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can be used when indicated", the CDC wrote, noting that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices "does not state a product preference".

The vaccine, developed by scientists from Oxford University and identified as a "game changer", was given the green light by the Regulatory Agency for Medicines and Healthcare Products (MHRA).

The US fell far short of its target of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020, with just 2.78 million having received a jab by 30 December.

The vaccine will be transported to centres through 1222 vehicles in ice lined refrigerators (ILRs), said Health and Family Welfare Department Director and Vaccine in-charge Bijay Panigrahi.

Rather than waste the vaccine, the hospital allowed some employees to reach out to their families for inoculation.

"After adequate examination, CDSCO has chose to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee and accordingly, vaccines of M/s Serum and M/s Bharat Biotech are being approved for restricted use in emergency situations", DCGI Dr V G Somani told the media here.

"We have gone through wave one, which was unknown and hugely pressured", he said. "The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated".