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Single dose of Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID vaccine shown to be more immunogenic than natural infection

By investigating antibody and T cell responses to a single dose of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, researchers from Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom have found that more than 90% of vaccinated individuals produced an adequate amount of antibodies after receiving only one dose of the vaccine – irrespective of their age and gender.
Tags: Health, United Kingdom, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Sri Lanka


Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine induces cell spikes similar to SARS-CoV-2's

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton report in the journal ACS Central Science that cells infected with the ChAdOx1 vaccine produce spike proteins on the cells similar to those produced by natural SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Tags: Health, Oxford, University of Oxford, University Of Southampton, ACS Central Science


TGA mulls EU vaccine advice; pharmacies oppose NSW mass vaccination plan – as it happened

NSW to keep border open to NZ despite new Auckland Covid case; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. This blog is now closedAustralia to consider EU and UK findings on AstraZeneca and clotsUnder-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine?Australian doctors urge government to give greater cert...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment


Australia news live: TGA mulls EU advice on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and clots; pharmacies oppose NSW mass vaccination plan

NSW to keep border open to NZ despite new Auckland Covid case; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates liveUnder-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine?Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccinesHarassment scandals could hit vaccination rates due ...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment


Australia news live: TGA mulls EU advice on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and clots; sexual harassment laws to change

Victoria to open two mass vaccination hubs; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine?• Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines• Harassment scandals could hit vaccination rates due to dimin...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Sexual Harassment


Australia news live update: Scott Morrison gives press conference amid concerns over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots

Australian health authorities to consider EU regulator’s advice; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine? • Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines • Harassment scandals could hit vaccina...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Morrison


Australia news live: Covid experts consider EU regulator’s advice on AstraZeneca and blood clots

UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AstraZeneca vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine? • Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines 11.21pm BST Australia’s chief medical officer Prof Paul Kelly says issues with the AstraZen...
Tags: Health, UK, Abc, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Greg Hunt


Oxford/AstraZeneca jab could have causal link to rare blood clots, say UK experts

Evidence ‘consistent with causality’ but vaccination programme must continue, says drug safety specialistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDrug safety experts in the UK believe there could be a causal link between the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab and very rare blood clots but say vaccination programmes must continue, with risk mitigation for women under 55.Prof Saad Shakir, the director of the drug safety research unit (DSRU) at Southampton University, said the evidence...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Oxford, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Southampton University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Saad Shakir, DSRU


Australian Covid vaccine rollout to continue after blood clot case in Melbourne

The acting chief medical officer says it is ‘likely’ the 44-year-old Victorian man’s condition is related to the vaccineSeven UK recipients of Oxford jab reported dead after clottingAustralia’s acting chief medical officer says there will be no changes to the national vaccination program for Covid-19 while health authorities continue to investigate whether blood clots developed by a 44-year-old Victorian man are linked to the AstraZeneca jab.Prof Michael Kidd said the Australian Technical Adviso...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, World news, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Melbourne, Michael Kidd, Coronavirus


Australian Covid vaccine experts to urgently meet after blood clot case in Melbourne

Victorian man who went to Box Hill hospital found to have abdominal clots with a low platelet countSeven UK recipients of Oxford jab reported dead after clottingAustralian health authorities will urgently meet to consider a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a 44-year-old Melbourne man who was hospitalised with blood clots as seven deaths were reported among recipients of the jab in the UK.Both the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and TGA vaccine safety investigati...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, World news, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Melbourne, Box Hill, Michael Kidd, Coronavirus, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee


Covid: seven deaths reported in Oxford/AstraZeneca UK recipients

Experts say numbers of rare blood clots remain low and benefits of vaccine far outweigh risks of Covid-19 infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFurther cases of a rare blood clotting syndrome and seven deaths have been reported among recipients of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab in the UK, although experts say the numbers remain low and the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any risks.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), runs a “yellow card”...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Regulatory Agency MHRA, Medicines and Healthcare, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Seven UK recipients of Oxford jab reported dead after clotting

Experts say numbers of rare blood clots remain low and benefits of Covid vaccine far outweigh risksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFurther cases of a rare blood clotting syndrome including seven deaths have been reported among recipients of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab in the UK, although experts say the numbers remain low and the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any risks.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), runs a “yellow card” scheme to...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Regulatory Agency MHRA, Medicines and Healthcare, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine effective against B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant

Published in The Lancet, the study explores if the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine works well in protecting against the B.1.1.7 variant, otherwise known as the U.K. variant.
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Listen to your heart? What this remarkable organ actually does

The heart is more than just a pump that pushes blood through our veins. It's also an organ that affects our thinking, feelings, perception and identity.The human heart is usually the size of one's fist, sometimes a little larger.It's made of two parts – the left and the right – that are not directly connected to one another. This is why sometimes they are called the left heart and the right heart.The right heart pumps blood to the lungs. Then, oxygen-rich blood travels to the left heart.The left...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medical Research, Innovation, Oxford, Brighton, Sussex Medical School, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Human body, Olaf Blanke, Geoff Bird, Sarah Garfinkel, Aga ZanoReprinted, Narayanan Kandasamy Sarah Garfinkel


Single dose of Pfizer and Oxford vaccines shows 60% efficacy in elderly care home residents

A new study deals with the effect of two widely used vaccines in eliciting humoral immunity against the virus in this group. These are the Oxford/AstraZeneca viral-vectored vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19), and the Pfizer/BioNTech’s messenger RNA-based vaccine (BNT162b2). Both express the viral spike antigen, and both are currently being employed in the UK’s vaccination program.
Tags: Health, UK, Oxford, Pfizer, Oxford AstraZeneca


'Vaccine prince': the Indian billionaire set to make Covid jabs for the UK

Serum Institute boss Adar Poonawalla has rented a Mayfair mansion for £50,000 a weekCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe AstraZeneca vaccine has made Prof Sarah Gilbert – who led the Oxford team that created it – one of the UK’s most famous modern scientists and turned the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company into a household name.But almost half of all the AstraZeneca shots, destined for the arms of hundreds of millions of people around the world, are being produced b...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, India, Society, UK News, World news, South and Central Asia, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Mayfair, Sarah Gilbert, Serum Institute, Adar Poonawalla


One dose of Pfizer vaccine generates strong immune response against COVID-19

​A new study led by the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford with support from the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) has found that 99 per cent of people generate a robust immune response against Covid-19 after just one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Tags: Health, Oxford, Universities of Sheffield, COVID, UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium UK CIC


World's poorest face vaccine delays through Covax programme

Technical problems at South Korean vaccine plant and setbacks in export licences from India cause hold-up Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome of the world’s poorest countries have been warned to expect delays in the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines through the UN-backed Covax programme after a double blow of technical problems at a South Korean manufacturing plant and setbacks in securing export licences from the Indian government, Unicef has said.Up to 90m doses of the...
Tags: Health, South Korea, India, Africa, World news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Oxford, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Yemen, Unicef, Coronavirus


Where is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made?

The EU has warned it could ban exports of vaccines made in the bloc. How would this affect the UK?
Tags: Health, UK, Eu, Oxford


ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine does not protect against South African SARS-CoV-2 variant

The results of a double-blind, randomized, multisite placebo-controlled trial that was conducted in South Africa show that Oxford’s ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine has no efficacy against the B.1.351 variant in preventing mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and shows reduced neutralization properties of developed antibodies. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Tags: Health, South Africa, Oxford


Coronavirus live: cases in India at four-month high; Philippines reports record infections

Cases in India at four-month high; Philippines records record infections; Denmark reports two cases of hospital staff with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after AstraZeneca vaccineChina’s first local Covid case since February had been vaccinated – state mediaBoris Johnson receives Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccineFrance limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s as Europe treads cautiously 10.31am GMT Thailand reported 119 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday — 112 local infections and seven imp...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, India, World news, Thailand, Infectious Diseases, Philippines, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Myanmar, Denmark, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok Post


Boris Johnson receives Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

PM has first dose, calling experience ‘very good, very quick’ and urging Britons to get vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has received his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at London’s St Thomas’ hospital, where last year he was treated in intensive care for Covid, and urged others to have the jab. Related: ‘It's a good day’: enthusiasm in Berlin as AstraZeneca Covid jabs resume Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, London, Berlin, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Coronavirus


Raab and Johnson show two faces of UK's vaccine diplomacy

Analysis: Foreign secretary’s robust response to the EU contrasted with the PM’s emollience towards IndiaBoris Johnson went out of his way this week not to blame Delhi for the later-than-expected arrival of 5m doses of the Oxford vaccine from India, which is contributing to a significant dip in supplies in April.“No, no, no,” he said, when asked by a reporter whether Delhi had blocked the export of the vaccines, as the country battles a resurgence in Covid cases. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, India, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Johnson, Delhi, Brexit, Raab, Trade Policy, Dominic Raab


Europe still uneasy about AstraZeneca Covid jab despite EMA green light

France restricts vaccine to over-55s as Norway, Sweden and Denmark reserve judgment on its useCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has said only people aged 55 and over should receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and three Scandinavian countries have reserved judgment until next week, a day after Europe’s health regulator declared the shot to be safe and effective for all age groups.As politicians launched an urgent effort to convince citizens of the vac...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, France, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway, Norway Sweden, Coronavirus


France limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s despite EMA green light

Norway, Sweden and Denmark reserve judgment until next week on resuming use of vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has said only people aged 55 and over should receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and three Scandinavian countries have reserved judgment until next week, a day after Europe’s health regulator declared the shot to be safe and effective for all age groups.As politicians launched an urgent effort to convince citizens of the vaccine’s s...
Tags: Health, Europe, Sweden, France, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Denmark, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway, Norway Sweden, Coronavirus


EU medicines regulator to report on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine safety

Medicines agency under pressure to clear up blood clot concerns and take brakes off Europe’s vaccination driveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s medicines regulator is under mounting pressure to clear up safety concerns over the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as experts warned that arguably political decisions to pause it in many countries risked seriously delaying the continent’s already sluggish vaccination drive.The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is due on...
Tags: Health, Europe, Eu, European Union, Society, World news, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, European Medicines Agency EMA, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: pandemic takes huge toll on South Asian women and children, says UN

India records three-month daily case high; EU regulator backs Oxford jab; Philippines Covid variant found in UK; vaccinating pregnant women could protect babies, says Israel studyAstraZeneca jab: EU regulator ‘firmly convinced’ benefits outweigh risksChaos in Germany and Italy after suspension of Oxford vaccineFrance seeks swift safety verdict on AstraZeneca vaccineSurvey says 64% of young black people in England are ‘vaccine hesitant’See all our coronavirus coverage 7.24am GMT Students at ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, France, Germany, India, Israel, Eu, World news, Paris, Italy, Oxford, Un, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation


Coronavirus live news: India records three-month daily case high; EU regulator backs Oxford jab

Philippines Covid variant found in UK; France investigates possible new variant in Brittany; vaccinating pregnant women could protect babies, says Israel studyAstraZeneca jab: EU regulator ‘firmly convinced’ benefits outweigh risksChaos in Germany and Italy after suspension of Oxford vaccineFrance seeks swift safety verdict on AstraZeneca vaccineSurvey says 64% of young black people in England are ‘vaccine hesitant’See all our coronavirus coverage 5.24am GMT The number of confirmed coronavi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, France, Germany, India, Israel, BJP, Eu, World news, Italy, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Delhi


Coronavirus live news: 'no indication' Oxford vaccine is linked to blood clots, says EU regulator

Philippines Covid variant found in UK; France investigates possible new variant in Brittany; vaccinating pregnant women could protect babies, says Israel studyAstraZeneca jab: EU regulator ‘firmly convinced’ benefits outweigh risksChaos in Germany and Italy after suspension of Oxford vaccineFrance seeks swift safety verdict on AstraZeneca vaccineSurvey says 64% of young black people in England are ‘vaccine hesitant’See all our coronavirus coverage 12.02am GMT Hello and welcome to our ongoin...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, France, Germany, Israel, Eu, World news, Italy, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Brittany, Alison Rourke, Coronavirus


AstraZeneca jab: EU regulator 'firmly convinced' benefits outweigh risks

Agency says there are ‘no indications’ the vaccine causes blood clots, but the risk may be higher for some groupsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe EU’s medicines regulator has said it remains “firmly convinced” the benefits of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine outweigh the risks, but isolated cases of blood clots “are a serious concern and need serious and detailed scientific evaluation”.Emer Cooke, the head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), said there was ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Eu, Society, World news, Oxford, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, European Medicines Agency EMA, Emer Cooke, Coronavirus



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