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AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine Potentially Triggers Response Against Brazil Variant: Reuters

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Preliminary data from a study conducted at the University of Oxford suggests that AstraZeneca Plc’s (NASDAQ: AZN) COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the P1 or Brazilian variant, reports Reuters.

  • The data indicate that the vaccine will not need modification to protect against the variant.
  • The study did not disclose the vaccine’s exact efficacy against the variant, but full results should be possibly released by March.
  • Early results from a small study showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine was less effective against the South African variant, similar to P1.
  • Subsequently, South Africa paused the use of the vaccine in the country.
  • Reuters also reported that a small-sample lab study showed that Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine failed to generate a sufficient immune response.
  • According to a recent study, one dose of either Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE)/BioNtech SE (NASDAQ: BNTX) or Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is more than 80% effective in reducing infections and severe illness among those aged over 80.
  • Price Action: AZN shares are trading 0.73% higher at $47.59 in market trading hours on the last check Friday.
 

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