Mumbai: The Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been approved by the government for use in the United Kingdom after being recommended for approval by the country’s health regulator.
This is a major development in the fight against the pandemic and will lead to a massive expansion of the UK’s vaccination program.
The country’s Ministry of Health has formally announced that the UK Government has accepted the recommendation of the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorize the Oxford University / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use.
The Ministry of Health stated, “The government has today accepted the recommendation of the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) from Oxford University / AstraZeneca to authorize the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine approved by the United Kingdom regulator
"Govt has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use," says UK Govt
— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2020
The development is also a turning point in India’s fight against Kovid-19 as the country has set its hopes on a vaccine formulated by scientists at the University of Oxford.
According to a BBC report, Britain has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine; It will be used to vaccinate at least 50 million people. For the UK too, acceptance of this COVID19 vaccine is important as it faces threats from a new ‘most contagious’ strain.
The report states that approval by UK health regulators is a clear indication that the vaccine is both safe and effective.
It may be noted that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was one of the first vaccines to be developed against the deadly pandemic, which has killed millions of global and infected people.