While the delivery schedule for the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate has been delayed and the UK is reported to receive as many as four million doses this year, the United States set a new world record for daily infections to SARS CoV-2.
With almost 9.5 million infections and being the country most affected by the virus in the world, the United States recorded yesterday, Wednesday, 104,429 infections in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to NBC News, based on its statistics. .
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom had agreed last May to receive 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and patented by AstraZeneca, of which 30 million had an estimated delivery in September 2020, but that points to not may be fulfilled.
The Oxford test manager said yesterday that he now expects them to arrive by the end of the year, although the exact timing is unclear, as it depends on the number of infections.
UK Vaccine Task Force Chair Kate Bingham said the vaccine was first being mass-produced, known as a ‘drug substance’, but could not yet be launched until more was learned about it. data from the last stage of the trial.
“We haven’t got it going yet because as soon as we put it in, it sets the clock for … the shelf life, or how quickly the vaccine has to be used,” Bingham told lawmakers. “We are all ready to do that, but we haven’t done it yet.”
AstraZeneca said in a statement that it is making rapid progress to begin supplying hundreds of millions of doses continuously once it receives regulatory approval.
“While we are ready to produce finished products, we must consider how far to go to the final stages of the process to ensure maximum useful life,” he added.
The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be one of the first big pharma to be submitted for regulatory approval.
Meanwhile, the United States broke the record set on October 30, when 98,583 infections were recorded.
The United States continues to be the country most affected by the pandemic and to date it has accounted for almost 9.5 million infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 233,700 people died from the disease, while more than 3.7 million managed to recover.