WHO: Astrazeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine results are encouraging

In this file photo taken on July 21, 2020 a general view is pictured of the offices of British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca PLC in Macclesfield, Cheshire. (File photo: AFP)

The news on Astrazeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine results is “encouraging and we look forward to seeing the data as we do with other promising results of recent weeks”, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Monday.

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In a statement to Reuters, she said: “We welcome the efforts of Oxford/AZ to make the vaccine affordable and easy to store, which will be good for countries and people everywhere.”

AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine could be around 90 percent effective, giving the world’s fight against the global pandemic a new weapon, cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

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Last Update: Monday, 23 November 2020 KSA 20:54 - GMT 17:54