Why the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Might Be a Global Game-Changer

Recently, Oxford University has announced that their COVID-19 vaccine, developed in a partnership with AstraZeneca, showed overall effectiveness of 70.4%. However, this is interim results and the figures might change in the future.Why the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Might Be a Global Game-Changer

During trials, the Oxford vaccine was given to one group of volunteers as two standard doses and showed 62% effectiveness. The second group received a smaller dose followed by a standard second dose, which showed the effectiveness of 90%. At the present moment, researchers are not sure what's the reason for this result.

So why this vaccine could be a global game-changer? Here are several good reasons:

  • It has a good safety record with no serious side effects
  • It can be stored in a domestic fridge
  • It is cheaper (around US$4, while Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines are around US$20 and US$33, respectively.
 

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