Why global recovery depends on effectiveness of Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

In Emerging markets on 11/02/2021 at 8:37 am

There are concerns about the effectiveness of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. South Africa has stopped using it while it is reassessing the situation. It says that the vaccine is not effective. The vaccine was offering “minimal protection” against mild and moderate disease in young people.

But the World Health Organization has just recommended the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for use worldwide by all adults, including the elderly.  It also recommended a gap of 8 to 12 weeks between doses.

But remember WHO screwed up by sucking up to China this time last year.

Whatever, many countries, especially poorer ones, have betted big time on the jab, because it will be sold at cost during the pandemic and is easy to store and transport. Some 500m doses have been ordered through the African Union and several hundred million doses more through Covax, a scheme designed to help poorer nations get vaccines.

  1. Concern is with its efficacy against covid mutations, especially S. Africa’s B.1.351 variant. Still helpful against the worst symptoms & ICU admissions.

    3rd world countries are now clamouring for Russia’s Sputnik V, whose 91.6% efficacy (against symptomatic cases) has been verified by angmoh virologists. At less than US$10 per dose, it’s likely the 3rd cheapest after the Cheena vaccines & Astra.

    Astra’s is less than US$4 per dose.

    People are now starting trials to see whether can mix Astra & Sputnik (since they use similar method), to potentially increase vaccine availability & also average out the costs.

    Pfizer-BNT & Moderna are around US$20-US$40 per dose. All these are already special discounted prices for bulk purchases & emergency consideration.

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