Oxford/AZ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Cuts Virus Spread By 60%
Dosing Dilemma For Serum Institute
Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine cuts the spread of the virus by 60%, apart from having 70% efficacy in reducing infections in vaccinated individuals. While that is good news for their Indian partner, Serum Institute, the 90% efficacy shown in a subset due to a dosing error causes a dilemma.
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