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WHO Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine for Emergency Use

The World Health Organization listed AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, “We now have all the pieces in place for the rapid distribution of vaccines. But we still need to scale up production.”

The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine has been lauded as less expensive to manufacture than the Pfizer and Moderna shots. Studies show that the two-dose vaccine is more effective when the second dose is delayed by more than six weeks.

Research also showed that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine shot may not only protect against symptoms but reduces transmission by up to 67%. The vaccine has still not yet been approved for emergency use in the United States.

“We continue to call for COVID-19 vaccine developers to submit their dossiers to WHO for review at the same time as they submit them to regulators in high-income countries,” Ghebreyesus said

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