Oxford University and drug maker AstraZeneca have applied to the UK health authority for permission to launch their Covid-19 vaccine, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday.
“I am pleased to announce that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine developed here in the UK has submitted its full package of data to the MHRA for approval,” he said.
“This is the next step towards a decision on the use of the vaccine,” the health minister added at a press conference announcing that the UK would impose travel restrictions on South Africa to curb the spread of yet another new, more communicable strain of the coronavirus.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was the first coronavirus vaccine to be approved by the UK Independent Medicines Agency. Since its inception last month, it has been administered to 500,000 of the country’s most vulnerable people.
Most of the UK’s vaccine needs are expected to be met by the push developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, as the government has ordered 100 million doses.
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