A novel coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University has been approved for emergency use by British authorities.
The UK Ministry of Health today (30th) accepted the recommendation of the MHRA for urgent use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This vaccine is first approved for use in the world.
Health Minister Mac Hancock said it will accelerate the spread of the vaccine, starting with the AstraZeneca vaccine on January 4.
The UK government explained that it has ordered 100 million doses of vaccines for 50 million people.
Earlier, the UK approved the use of a corona vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German company Bioentech in December, and currently about 600,000 people have been vaccinated.
The British BBC reported that vaccination would be accelerated due to the advantages of the AstraZeneca vaccine being cheaper, mass-producible, and easier to store than other vaccines.
Pfizer vaccine should be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, and modder vaccines can be stored at minus 20 degrees Celsius for up to 6 months, but AstraZenka vaccine can be stored in a regular refrigerator used at home.