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Single Pfizer or AstraZeneca dose produces strong antibody response

Scientists say AstraZeneca vaccine has greater effect when it comes to cellular responseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA single dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine generates a big protective antibody response against the coronavirus in people 80 and over, researchers have found.The first study to look at the comparative performance of the two vaccines that have been in use in the UK in recent months shows that 93% of people develop an...
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Sputnik V, Covishield, Covaxin: What we know about India's Covid-19 vaccines

Russia's Sputnik V is deemed to be safe and works in a way similar to the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
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All over-50s and high-risk groups in UK offered vaccine ahead of target date

Achievement hailed by PM as ‘hugely significant milestone’ means people in late 40s should be next to be immunisedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll over-50s and high-risk groups in the UK have been offered a coronavirus vaccine a few days before the mid-April deadline set by the government – meaning the second phase of the rollout to younger cohorts can now begin.Despite fears of a supply slowdown and possible knock in confidence after a change in advice on who coul...
Tags: Health, UK, UK News, NHS, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


UK Covid cases could rise again despite vaccine progress – WHO official

Exclusive: Dr Catherine Smallwood says there is potential for surge unconnected to increases in EuropeThe success of Britain’s vaccine programme is not enough to protect it from another wave of coronavirus unconnected to rising cases in Europe, a senior World Health Organization expert has said.Dr Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency officer at WHO Europe, also said confidence in vaccines may have dipped after changes to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab rollout, with under-30s to be offered alterna...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Health policy, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, WHO Europe, Catherine Smallwood, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Australia to consider EU and UK findings over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots

Review follows a UK decision to offer people under 30 an alternative jab following formal link to rare blood clots• Follow the Australia liveblog • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca•Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine? • Brussels urges unity over AZ jab to boost public confidence• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine?• Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccinesAustralian authorities will review ...
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Vaccine confidence fears as under-30s in UK offered AstraZeneca alternative

Experts warn of impact after advice changes in response to 79 blood clot cases out of 20m vaccinationsJab fears may play into hands of anti-vaxxersCoronavirus – latest UK updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts warned of damage to confidence in the UK’s vaccine programme after 10 million adults under 30 were told they will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following concerns over rare blood clots.Healthy 18- to 29-year-olds who are not at high risk of Covid should ha...
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Alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca could damage vaccine confidence, say experts

Option offered to under-30s after UK records 79 cases of rare blood clots out of 20m jabs administeredJab fears may play into hands of anti-vaxxersCoronavirus – latest UK updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts warned of damage to confidence in the UK’s vaccine programme after 10 million adults under 30 were told they will be offered an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab following concerns over rare blood clots.Healthy 18- to 29-year-olds who are not at high risk of Covid should ha...
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Child jabs halted in UK trial as adult clot link probed

The UK's regulator is to investigate the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab over a possible link with blood clots.
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AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: weighing up the risks and rewards

Despite scientific advice to continue getting the jab, answers about fatal blood clots are urgently neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccines have side-effects, as do all medicines. Most often, jabs cause sore arms, a headache or a bit of nausea – none of which would be very significant when weighed against the toll of a serious virus such as Covid-19.But sometimes the risk-benefit calculation may look less simple, as in the case of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid jab...
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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...
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EU drug agency denies already finding causal link between AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

European Medicines Agency says review ongoing after head of vaccines spoke of ‘clear’ associationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s drug regulator has denied it has already established a causal connection between the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare blood clotting syndrome, after a senior official from the agency said there was a link.In a statement to Agence France-Presse, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Tuesday it had “not yet reached a conclu...
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Medicines watchdog says no decision made on AstraZeneca jab for under-30s

Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Authority was considering restricting vaccine amid concerns over rare blood clotsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The UK’s medicines regulatory body has said that no decision has been made on any regulatory action relating to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine following reports it is considering restricting use of the vaccine in younger people.Channel 4 News reported on Monday evening that the Medicines and Healthcare products Reg...
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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”...
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Experts stress vaccine benefits outweigh risks after seven UK deaths

30 reported cases of blood-clotting issues after AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab out of 18m dosesCoronavirus – 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 pick up ...
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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...
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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.
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Britain urges EU to meet commitments on Covid vaccine supplies

Minister refuses to say if UK would hit back if exports of AstraZeneca’s Covid jab are halted Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUK ministers have urged the EU to stand by its commitments on vaccine supplies ahead of expected discussions between Boris Johnson and European counterparts over a row centred on a production plant in the Netherlands.Helen Whately, the care minister, repeatedly refused to say if the UK would hit back if Brussels placed an export ban on vaccines...
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Covid vaccine side-effects: what are they, who gets them and why? | Nicola Davis

Most side-effects are mild and short-lived, and some groups are more likely to get them than othersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAccording to Public Health England, most side-effects from the Covid vaccines – Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca – are mild and short-lived. These include soreness where the jab was given, feeling tired or achy and headaches. Uncommon side-effects include having swollen lymph nodes. Continue reading...
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Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: which countries have paused jab and why

Analysis: Germany, France, Spain and Italy head an expanding list of EU countries to have put its use on holdA host of European countries have put all vaccinations with this jab on hold, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway and Ireland. Some others such as Estonia and Austria have suspended vaccinations from particular batches of the vaccine. Continue reading...
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Benefits of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk, says EMA

European agency seeks to allay blood clot fears as Germany, France and Italy temporarily suspend useCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s medicines regulator has moved to stifle spiralling concern about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks after four major EU countries announced they were suspending its use.Germany, France, Italy and Spain temporarily halted inoculations with the vaccine on Monday after reported incidents of...
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There's no proof the Oxford vaccine causes blood clots. So why are people worried? | David Spiegelhalter

It’s human nature to spot patterns in data. But we should be careful about finding causal links where none may existStories about people getting blood clots soon after taking the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have become a source of anxiety among European leaders. After a report on a death and three hospitalisations in Norway, which found serious blood clotting in adults who had received the vaccine, Ireland has temporarily suspended the jab. Some anxiety about a new vaccine is understandable, and ...
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There's no strong evidence the Oxford vaccine causes blood clots. So why are people worried? | David Spiegelhalter

It’s human nature to spot patterns in data. But we should be careful about finding causal links where none may existStories about people getting blood clots soon after taking the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have become a source of anxiety among European leaders. After a report on a death and three hospitalisations in Norway, which found serious blood clotting in adults who had received the vaccine, Ireland has temporarily suspended the jab. Some anxiety about a new vaccine is understandable, and ...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, Ireland, Oxford, MMR, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway, David Spiegelhalter, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Ronan Glynn


There's no evidence the Oxford vaccine causes blood clots. So why are people worried? | David Spiegelhalter

It’s human nature to spot patterns in data. But we should be careful about finding causal links where none may existStories about people getting blood clots soon after taking the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have become a source of anxiety among European leaders. After a report on a death and three hospitalisations in Norway, which found serious blood clotting in adults who had received the vaccine, Ireland has temporarily suspended the jab. Some anxiety about a new vaccine is understandable, and ...
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The Latest: Michigan makes homeless people vaccine-eligible

By The Associated Press DETROIT — People who are homeless will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan starting Monday. Health officials say it’s a critical step in curbing infections and making sure vulnerable populations have access. “Our vulnerable populations are high priority for us right now,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said, according to the Lansing State Journal. “This opens the door to make sure that population is also vaccinated and we don’t continue to have outbreak...
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The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations

By The Associated Press LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Prime Minister Micheal Martin says the health department announced the figure on Saturday. It includes both first and second doses and comes 63 days after the first shot was given to a Dublin senior citizen. “Good news,” Martin tweeted. “The vaccines are having a significant impact on mortality and serious illness.” Ireland has experienced a spike in infect...
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Australia news live: sex discrimination commissioner to lead review of parliament culture

The order for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines to remain in the bloc is the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial export authorisation scheme. Follow latest updatesItaly blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AustraliaClive Palmer’s Covid vaccine ad in News Corp paper factually wrong, regulator saysFollow our global Covid live blog 1.25am GMT Simon Birmingham has finished speaking in Adelaide. He had a few things to say about the allegations made against Christia...
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Australia news live: national cabinet to meet as Italy blocks 250,000 doses of Covid vaccine

The order for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines to remain in the bloc is the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial export authorisation scheme. Follow latest updatesItaly blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AustraliaClive Palmer’s Covid vaccine ad in News Corp paper factually wrong, regulator saysFollow our global Covid live blog 9.29pm GMT The New Zealand tsunami warning has been reissued, after we earlier reported it had been withdrawn. The warning is here an...
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Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia

Row continues between EU and drug firm after shortfall in vaccine deliveries to blocCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageItaly has blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia in an escalation of a row with the Anglo-Swedish company.In the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial export authorisation scheme, the Italian government ordered that the doses remain in the bloc with the backing of the European commission. Continu...
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Professor Van-Tam: 'One dose of vaccine reducing hospitalisation by 80%'

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam says that for over 70s, both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are 60% effective against illness after the first dose.
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First Covax coronavirus vaccines delivered to Ghanaian capital

Scheme seeks to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ and ensure poor countries do not face delaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs...
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