Oxford Covid-19 vaccine produces immune response across all ages - AstraZeneca

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine produces immune response across all ages - AstraZeneca

Responding to a question over the BJP's election manifesto promising free coronavirus vaccine for everyone in Bihar, Â Dr V K Paul, NITI Aayog member (Health), who also heads the National Task Force on Covid-19, at a press briefing said that resources will not be an issue in ensuring access to vaccines as and when it becomes available.

The vaccine, being developed with the University of Oxford, is one of the world's leading Covid-19 vaccine candidates.

The UK drugmaker also said that adverse reactions were lower among the elderly.

Developed by the University of Oxford in conjunction with English-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Plc, the Astra-Oxford vaccine is one of many first runners in the race to protect against the virus.

An AstraZeneca spokesperson told Business Insider: "It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the Covid-19 disease severity is higher".

The vaccine triggered protective antibodies and T-cells in older age groups which will substantially decrease the mortality rate due to the contagious virus.

This could potentially be seen as a game-changer in the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 43 million people worldwide, killed at least 1.15 million people, shuttered swathes of the global economy, and turned normal life upside down for billions of people.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said in a statement that it had formed a screening team to review the vaccine candidate, with an application for formal approval expected in 90 days under its rapid approval programme for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a vaccine was not yet ready, but he was preparing logistics for a possible roll out.

The findings came from blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants in the vaccine trials.

Details of the latest findings are expected to be published shortly in a clinical journal, the Financial Times reported.

"Our ongoing trials will provide further data, but this marks a key milestone and reassures us that the vaccine is safe for use and induces strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system in all adult groups".

The findings come after the Food and Drug Administration allowed AstraZeneca on Friday to resume its vaccine trials in the USA after a participant reported a "severe adverse reaction" on September 6.



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