The UK government has today (Sunday 29 November) signed a deal for a further 2 million doses of Moderna's promising vaccine candidate, bringing the total to 7 million doses for the UK.
According to AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot, a half dose and a full dose were found to be the most effective in an accident.
The prime minister said this week that officials hope to vaccinate "the majority of people who need more protection because of the Easter holiday".
Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine this week was 62% effective for those who received two doses and 90% effective for volunteers who were given half a dose.
He said: "They will re-run that trial probably now, and they'll do it upfront".
The total number of Moderna vaccine doses on order from the U.S. pharmaceutical company is now seven million - enough for 3.5 million people in the UK. India is heavily relying on the success of AstraZeneca's vaccine for a faster rollout.
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"Whenever you've got a trial that the company wasn't entirely truthful with what happened in the beginning, that sets people's confidence back", Gardam said on CBC News Network on Thursday.
No. A person immunised with a vaccine that has, say, 80 per cent efficacy is very likely to be protected from getting the disease with symptoms, especially severe ones.
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AstraZeneca has since disclosed that the separate regimens were a result of a manufacturing error-some vaccine vials used on subjects simply didn't have the right concentration-which makes the manufacturing and trial administration oversight seem to be of questionable quality. Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) started an accelerated "rolling review" of the vaccine at the start of this month as data comes in on safety and efficacy.
"With a wide range of vaccine candidates in our portfolio, we stand ready to deploy a vaccine that should receive approval from our medicines regulator, starting with those who will benefit most", Health Minister Matt Hancock said in the statement.
In the real world, a vaccine's effectiveness can be influenced by multiple, unpredictable factors including, for example: the rate of spread of a virus; how many, or few, people adhere to the optimum dosing schedule and timetable; how individuals' immune systems respond; whether the vaccine was stored at the correct temperature; whether people know, or don't know, if they've been exposed before.