Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022

Covid vaccine: Dr Hilary on Oxford vaccine – ‘we might be able to get this out sooner’

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The Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows 70 percent effectiveness against people developing COVID symptoms, preliminary trial results suggest. The initial results fall short of the previous two vaccines but it may have the edge in one key area. Speaking to Piers and Susanna on GMB this morning, Dr Hilary pointed out the vaccine can be stored more easily than the Pfizer vaccine that boasts a 95 percent effectiveness. As he explained, the Pfizer vaccine needs to be kept at -70C, posing significant logistical hurdles to distribution. By contrast, the Oxford vaccine can be stored at between 2C and 8C, results suggest. According to Dr Hilary, this “means we might be able to get this out sooner”.

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