AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Prevents Virus In Average Of 70% Cases
Two dosing regimens were tested by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford -- one regimen showed 90% efficacy while the other showed 62%.
The Wall Street Journal:
AstraZeneca, Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Up To 90% Effective In Late-Stage Trials
The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca PLC was found to be as much as 90% effective in preventing infections without serious side effects in a large clinical trial, the partners said Monday. AstraZeneca said there were no serious safety events related to the vaccine and it was well tolerated across different dosing regimens. Efficacy ranged from 62% to 90% depending on the dosage given, the partners said. AstraZeneca and Oxford said the average efficacy in the analysis was 70%. (Strasburg, 11/23)
Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Shows An Average 70% Effectiveness In Preventing The Virus
One dosing regimen showed an effectiveness of 90% when trial participants received a half dose, followed by a full dose at least one month apart. The other showed 62% efficacy when given as two full doses at least one month apart. The combined analysis from both dosing regimens found average vaccine effectiveness of 70%. No hospitalizations or severe cases of the disease were reported in participants receiving the vaccine. (Meredith, 11/23)
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be 90% Effective, Results Show
No serious safety events related to the vaccine have been confirmed and it was well tolerated across both dosing regimens, AstraZeneca said. “This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” Pascal Soriot, Astra’s chief executive, said in a statement.
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Astra-Oxford Shot Is Key To Escaping Pandemic For Many Nations
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The New York Times:
Are Covid-19 Vaccines Really 95% Effective?
The front-runners in the vaccine race seem to be working far better than anyone expected: Pfizer and BioNTech announced this week that their vaccine had an efficacy rate of 95 percent. Moderna put the figure for its vaccine at 94.5 percent. In Russia, the makers of the Sputnik vaccine claimed their efficacy rate was over 90 percent. ... From the headlines, you might well assume that these vaccines — which some people may receive in a matter of weeks — will protect 95 out of 100 people who get them. But that’s not actually what the trials have shown. Exactly how the vaccines perform out in the real world will depend on a lot of factors we just don’t have answers to yet — such as whether vaccinated people can get asymptomatic infections and how many people will get vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know about the actual effectiveness of these vaccines. (Zimmer, 11/20)