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UK becomes world's first nation to approve AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid vaccine

The government has today accepted the recommendation to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine for use, the health ministry said

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Britain on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca as it battles a major winter surge driven by a new, highly contagious variant of the virus.

AstraZeneca said the authorisation was for a two dose regime, and that the vaccine had been approved for use for emergency supply. Britain has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine.

“The government has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the health ministry said.

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First Published: Dec 30 2020 | 12:43 PM IST

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