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Is it safe? Global concern over the use of AstraZeneca vaccine explained

In India, Serum Institute of India is manufacturing AstraZeneca's vaccine under the brand Covishield

AstraZeneca | Coronavirus Vaccine | Serum Institute of India

Kanishka Gupta  |  New Delhi 

Is Oxford/Covid-19 vaccine safe for use? Many countries, including India, have started reviewing the vaccine after reports surfaced over ‘possible side-effects’.

The vaccine showed efficacy up to 90%, given it is inoculated at a gap of 2-3 months. Besides, the manufacturing cost of the vaccine is also lesser than its peers and can be stored in a standard refrigerator unlike the one produced by Pfizer/BioNtech.

Despite all these favourable characteristics, what made some countries, either suspend or limit vaccine use?

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First Published: Fri, April 09 2021. 15:29 IST