U.K. now has enough vaccine ‘to cover the entire population’ after AstraZeneca–Oxford COVID-19 vaccine approved


The U.K. now has enough vaccine to cover the entire population after the AstraZeneca–Oxford COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use, said health secretary Matt Hancock in an interview on Wednesday. 

The vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has been approved in the U.K., paving the way for widespread vaccinations with a homegrown shot that is cheaper and easier to transport and store than other vaccines.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the U.K. drug regulator, authorized the AstraZeneca–Oxford University vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday. It said in a statement: “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorize Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. ”

Hancock said in an interview with the BBC’s “Breakfast” show: “We’ve got enough of this vaccine on order to vaccinate the whole population — 100 million doses. Add that to the 30 million doses of Pfizer and that’s enough for two doses for the entire population.”

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