Coronavirus Notebook: UK ‘Com-Cov’ Trial To Test Alternating Vaccines, EMA Pilots Assessment Sharing Scheme
The director of the World Health Organization and the NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières, have both called for monopolies on COVID-19 products to be waived during the pandemic. And confounding critics, new analysis in The Lancet shows the Oxford/AZ vaccine works best with a 12-week dosing interval.
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China's regulators and spin doctors rush to remedy a comment from the nation’s top infectious disease official about the “not high” protection rate for its COVID-19 vaccines, amid debate over speedy development using mature technologies and doubts over protection in seniors. A slow roll-out is already presenting challenges to meeting an official 40% target.
The French authorities believe that the “heterologous prime-boost” approach is justified in the case of people aged under 55 years who are due to receive their second dose of the AZ COVID-19 vaccine.