European Union may consider transferring vaccine technology to Vietnam: ambassador

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But its trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis said the European Union was not targeting any specific country, and London and Brussels said later in the day they were working towards creating a "win-win situation" to expand vaccine supply.

The Serum Institute of India has signed a contract with British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca to produce 70 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine a month, which should give India a marked advantage in the fight against the pandemic, he said, speaking to the media on Tuesday.

British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca on Wednesday revised down by three percentage points the effectiveness of its Covid vaccine after American authorities raised concerns that results reported from its USA trial were outdated.

No safety concerns related to the vaccine were identified.

"We look forward to filing our regulatory submission for Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. and preparing for the rollout of millions of doses across America", said Mene Pangalos executive vice president of biopharmaceuticals research and development.

AstraZeneca cautioned that 14 additional possible cases already are being examined, which could lead to further changes in the data.

The vaccine appears especially protective against the worst outcomes, with no severe illnesses or hospitalisations among vaccinated study volunteers compared to eight severe cases among those given dummy shots, the company said.

AstraZeneca had been counting on findings from a predominantly USA study of 32,000 people to help rebuild confidence in the vaccine.

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The company added the vaccine efficacy in people 65-years-old and over was 85%, but the statistical range for this figure - anywhere between 58 and 95% - make it less meaningful and the sample size was not mentioned.

A health worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, during a mass vaccination campaign at San Pedro Hospital, in Logrono, northern Spain.

"We are working on specific steps we can take ... to create a win-win situation and expand vaccine supply for all our citizens", they said in a joint statement issued after the EU's announcement. As with Monday's data, the company has released them via news release and not in a peer-reviewed report or as a formal submission for US Food and Drug Administration review.

"We have been discussing the rare reports of blood clots and low platelet counts with the European Medicines Agency and other regulators", Dr. Supriya Sharma, Canada's chief medical adviser, said on Thursday.

AstraZeneca, which developed the vaccine with Britain's University of Oxford, has struggled for acceptance of its vaccine.

However, the health department said it had assessed the available data and has determined that the vaccine has not been associated with an increase in the overall risk of thrombosis.

It uses an adenovirus that causes colds in chimpanzees, modified so it can't replicate, to carry the gene for a key protein of the coronavirus into human cells.

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