The top boss of Oxford vaccine maker AstraZeneca says researchers have worked out a ‘winning formula’ to boost the jab’s efficacy. Pascal Soriot, chief executive of the British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm, says a two-dose method can push the vaccine’s efficacy rate towards that of rivals Pfizer and Moderna. His comments come as officials reportedly prepare to approve the firm’s jab, which was developed alongside top researchers from Oxford University. Ahead of the approval, expected on Monday, ministers are targeting 15million people to vaccinate in the hope of ending the cycle of lockdowns by February. The Government has already pre-ordered 100million doses of the Oxford vaccine – which is cheaper and easier to store than the rival Pfizer jab. But the vaccine came under fire when initial tests showed the vaccine was 62 per cent effective, when two full doses were given at least a month apart. This was less than The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which were both shown to be 90 per cent effective. However, the Oxford vaccine’s efficacy rose to 95 per cent when people were given half a dose followed by a whole dose at least a month later. Today, speaking to the Sunday Times, Mr Soriot defended the results, saying: ‘We think… Read full this story
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