2 AstraZeneca shots 85-90% effective, says UK health body : The Tribune India

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London, May 21 Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have shown to prevent around 85 to 90 per cent of symptomatic Covid-19 infections, the first real-world data from Public Health England (PHE) has found. Spain to lift curbs on travellers from UK Spain is lifting its restrictions on […]

London, May 21

Two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have shown to prevent around 85 to 90 per cent of symptomatic Covid-19 infections, the first real-world data from Public Health England (PHE) has found.

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The method used for the ‘Covid-19 Vaccine Surveillance Report’ by the PHE for analysing the approximate number of deaths and hospitalisations prevented by the vaccine programme was able to take into account the impact of both first and second doses for the first time due to more data now being available on that in the country.

Previously, the real-world method only used the impact of the first dose of vaccination on hospitalisations and deaths.

“New analysis for the first time estimates that two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provide around 85 to 90 per cent protection against symptomatic disease,” the PHE said. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is also produced by the Serum Institute of India and is being administered in India to protect against Covid as Covishield. The UK government hailed the “incredible impact” the vaccination programme was having as the PHE estimates reveal that 13,000 deaths and 39,100 hospitalisations have been prevented. — PTI

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