AstraZeneca likely won't be first coronavirus vaccine to market but could be most widely available
Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world.
we take a look at the timing of a potential cove in 19 vaccine. As AstraZeneca announced, its treatment is highly effective, and that adds to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that are further along in the process. Wre else. Joe Fischer is outside UNC Rex Hospital Joe. This positive vaccine news comes at a time is the governor and Dr Cohen said Mawr patients are in the hospital than ever before David, and that is the case here. A UNC Rex where 28 people are hospitalized with co vid 19 across the UNC health system. Hospitalizations for co vid are up 15% just since last week, the highest level since the pandemic began. As for this vaccine, some people at high risk could be vaccinated in just three weeks. But for people under 60 who are relatively healthy, that's a lot of people out there. It could be four or even five months before they get vaccinated. AstraZeneca says it's co vid vaccine is up to 90% effective when patients are given a half dose, followed by a full dose a month later. So you kind of give the immune system a look and and then you, then you boost that response. But it's the Pfizer vaccine. The FDA could green light at its meeting December 10th. Former FDA commissioner Dr Mark McClellan says Moderna is not far behind. We're looking at mid December or soon after that for the earliest use in the highest risk groups. For both of those vaccines, first priority will be health care workers and elderly people in nursing homes who could get vaccinated within 24 hours of approval. When could the general population be vaccinated? Yeah, I think, um, I would say summer late late spring. Do you envision that people are going to be able to choose which vaccine they want? I think initially, no, I think eventually, probably yet with no vaccine yet, U. N C is Dr Joe. Iran says his hospital is filling up more people in the hospital but less seriously, seriously ill. A silver lining as doctors continue to learn the best ways to treat co vid positive patients