The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use. With the approval of the vaccine, the WHO program to provide vaccines to poor countries will now accelerate. WHO has approved the vaccine to be made in South Korea at AstraZeneca-SKBio and Serum Institute of India. The vaccines of Oxford University and British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca are being manufactured at the Serum Institute of India in Pune, India. In India, it is being sold under the name ‘Kovishield’. The Indian government had approved this vaccine for emergency use in the month of January.
SAGE (Strategic Advisory Group of Experts) Recommended Vaccine
The WHO expert panel, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), recommended the use of the vaccine. The panel had said that the vaccine is right for people of all ages. The panel has said in its recommendation that the vaccine should be given in two doses, and there should be a difference of between 8 and 12 weeks.
Questions Were Raised on The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine
This vaccine, created by Oxford and AstraZeneca, has been banned by South Africa. Researchers had found that this vaccine provides ‘minimum protection’ against new variants. Some European countries have also raised questions about the vaccine, after which, many countries including France and Germany had decided not to give this vaccine to people above 65 years of age.
How does the vaccine get approval from WHO?
The WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) assesses the quality, safety, and efficiency of the Covid-19 vaccine. Under the COVAX program, it is important to know the quality of the vaccine. Under this program, the WHO is delivering the COVID vaccine to low-income countries.
As part of the EUL process, WHO studied the quality, safety, risk management, and efficiency data of both the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. It also takes care of topics like distribution of vaccine, such as storage. This process takes about four weeks.
Covid Cases in The World Are Close to 11 Million
According to the tracker of Johns Hopkins University of America, corona virus cases have reached 10.91 crores worldwide. The most cases in this are USA (2.76 crore), India (1.09 crore) and Brazil (98 lakh). The highest number of deaths due to Kovid has been done in USA (4.86 lakh), Brazil (2.39 lakh) and Mexico (1.74 lakh.) 1.55 lakh people have lost their lives due to Corona virus so far in India.