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Reuters has reported that Britain on Friday asked its medicine regulator to assess Oxford University and AstraZeneca’s AZN.L COVID-19 vaccine candidate for temporary supply, a step towards beginning a roll-out before the end of the year.

”AstraZeneca expects 4 million doses to be available in Britain by the end of next month, and health minister Hancock is targeting the roll-out to begin before Christmas,” Reuters wrote.

“We have formally asked the regulator to assess the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, to understand the data and determine whether it meets rigorous safety standards,” Hancock said in a statement, reported by Reuters. 

“This letter is an important step towards deploying a vaccine as quickly as safely possible.”

More key notes

”Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is already assessing the vaccine in a “rolling review” as data comes in on safety and efficacy.”

”Hancock has also asked the MHRA to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech candidate after it was shown to be 95% effective.”

”Oxford and AstraZeneca AZN.L published interim efficacy results on Monday, which showed that the vaccine could be 90% effective when given as a half dose followed by a full dose.”

”Questions have been raised about the Oxford/AstraZeneca data and the robustness of that result, though the MHRA approved the use of the half-dose/full-dose regime a subgroup received in the trial.”

”Britain’s top science adviser said on Thursday that the interim results showed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine worked.”

Market implications

The pound is already solid on the prospects of a Brexit breakthrough and a faster economic recovery pertaining to a vaccine. 


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